Diabetes on the Rise in Eastern Idaho

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 11/01/2012 4:59 pm

From the leftover Halloween candy to the annual Thanksgiving feast, November can be a challenge for maintaining your body weight. Worse, it can bump you into insulin resistance or even full blown diabetes.

Of course it’s important to try and live a healthy lifestyle throughout the year but November is American Diabetes Month and so we are focusing on its effect on our community.

“Diabetes is a problem here in eastern Idaho,” said Dr. Jared Price. “We have patients of every walk of life that suffer from diabetes. The key to treatment is meeting with their family physician on a regular basis to help manage both their blood sugars as well as the complications that come along with diabetes to prevent problems such as amputations and other long term problems.”

It’s important to know the signs of diabetes and work with your doctor to get things under control.

“Some of the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, which is a complication of diabetes, are numbness and tingling and more specifically, loss of sensation to the foot,” said Dr. Jared Price.

 A lot has changed in the way doctors can treat the symptoms of diabetes. And some of the latest technology can be found at the PMC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.

“When a person develops a diabetic ulcer, they can be difficult to heal due to lack of blood flow to the leg as well as lack of sensation,” said Dr. Jared Price. “So one of the things that we do to help heal those wounds more quickly is use hyperbaric oxygen and what that does is it helps augment the body’s natural ability to fight infection and to heal by releasing oxygenation to the foot.”

Complications from diabetes are the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents.

You can find more information at this link.

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