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Friday 15th November 2013
Diabetics to think with their feet
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Thursday (November 14th) represented World Diabetes Day which aims to raise awareness of a condition which affect millions of people across the UK.

It can mean a significant change to a person's day-to-day life as they need to have injections to boost their insulin levels and control their blood sugar. Not controlled properly it can lead to more serious problem and it is something that John Kenna can atest to. The 66-year-old was unaware he was diabetic until an innocuous incident turned into a much bigger problem.

He told Portsmouth's The News that in the space of just 24 hours, a small cut had become infected into an ulcer on his right big toe. He visited his GP who diagnosed him with type two diabetes and now Mr Kenna is urging other people in a similar situation to look after their to avoid future problems.

Matthew King, a pathway lead podiatrist, told the news provider that if not seen to diabetes has the potential to lead to amputations of lower limbs. This highlights the importance of people being checked out on a regular basis to ensure that their condition is being controlled sufficiently and they are not in any danger of any adverse effects to their feet.

The health professional said: "With diabetes, people can lose the feeling in their feet. Diabetes affects the nerves, which leads to a loss of sensation, so people cannot feel pain. This means they don’t know if they have done any damage.

"The amount of sugar in your blood is affected by diabetes, and can either be really high, low, or go between the two. That can cause problems with blood flow, and cause loss of feeling. It means someone would not feel if they cut or graze their feet. An infection would feed off the sugar and cause problems very quickly."

The NHS estimates that around 2.9 million people are affected by some of diabetes in the UK with a further 850,000 people living with undiagnosed conditions.

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written by Martin LambertADNFCR-1780-ID-801661379-ADNFCR

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