Should You Be Tested for Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that affects the lives of nearly 24 million people in the United States, nearly 25% of whom are unaware that they have the disease. When you have diabetes, your body is unable to manufacture or properly use insulin, a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. This impairs your ability to convert sugars, starches and other foods into energy. The long-term effects of elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) are damage to the feet, eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels.
Symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes often appear in the feet. These include:
- slow-to-heal wounds
- sharp pain
- increased sensitivity to touch
Other more systemic symptoms of diabetes include:
- frequent urination
- excessive thirst
- extreme hunger
- unexplained weight loss or gain
- blurred vision
People who have any of these symptoms and have not been tested for diabetes are putting themselves at considerable risk and should see a doctor without delay. If a blood test reveals that you do, in fact, have diabetes, you are at increased risk of foot health issues including neuropathy, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, infection, and even gangrene. It is essential that you establish a relationship with a podiatrist and that you visit the office for an examination no less often than once a year. With decades of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified professional to help you maintain the health of your feet, ankles, and lower legs in the face of this new threat.
If you are concerned that you are exhibiting symptoms of diabetes, a visit to your foot doctor is in order. Your podiatrist will examine your feet to determine whether a blood test is in order, or if your symptoms are perhaps associated with a condition other than diabetes.
Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova in our comfortable Pikesville office. Our doctors are expert and experienced at helping patients with diabetes, and they can help you, too.