What to know about diabetes and wound healing

An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age, reaching a high of 25.2 percent among those aged 65 years or older. In addition to age, risk factors for diabetes also include diet, activity level, obesity and heredity.

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Reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes


Type 2 diabetes is often preceded by prediabetes. Prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but they are still too low to be flagged as full-blown diabetes. By knowing what symptoms come with prediabetes indicators, you can make lifestyle changes to significantly reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

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Diabetes and foot care: treating charcot foot


Charcot foot, pronounced "shar-kō," is a condition where your foot becomes red, then swells, and turns painful. It is not exclusive to diabetic patients, but its effects can be worse if you have metabolic disease. That's why when you have common diabetic symptoms such as loss of sensation and numbness, it's crucial to check your feet daily to lower the risk of complications, such as Charcot foot.

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