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Diabetes is “Chopping” People

The sentence is told: "Diabetes is a major threat to global public health that is rapidly getting worse, and the biggest impact is on adults of working age in developing countries. At least 171 million people worldwide have diabetes. This figure is likely to more than double by 2030 to reach 366 million”, the World Health Organization web site says. This is a disease in which the body cannot control the level of sugar in the blood. Even though in many cases it is a hereditary disease, it is also attacking people because of their wrong habits of eating and their lifestyle. At this time it is considered an epidemic, according to many specialists and investigators. This situation becomes worse when, because of that many people lose part of their bodies by amputations of legs or arms. According to the International Diabetes Federation, people with diabetes are 25 times more likely to have a leg amputated than those without the condition. A posted news letter from Pan American Health Organization in November of 2005 describes the terrifying statistics of this epidemic growth. Worldwide, up to 70 percent of all leg amputations happen to people with diabetes. Somewhere in the world, a leg is lost to diabetes every 30 seconds. This same report says that the good news is that up to 85 % of the cases of this situation can be prevented. The main suggestion is to follow the prescribtion of your doctor. Additionally, they include more suggestions such as: Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, bruises or changes in color, swelling, and open sores. If you find anything, consult a health care provider. Protect your feet with well-fitting shoes. Do not go barefoot, avoid injuries. Check for rocks, sharp objects, and rough spots before putting on shoes. Buy new shoes late in the day, when feet tend to be more swollen. Wear clean socks every day; make sure they are not too tight and with no holes. Wash your feet with soap and water, including between your toes. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes. Cut your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges. Get your feet checked regularly by a health care professional.

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