The question as to why some people develop diabetes is still being debated, but once you are diagnosed with diabetes, it remains with you for life. Podiatrists play an important role in the diabetic treatment team.The key to amputation prevention in diabetic patients is timely detection via annual foot screenings.
Diabetic patients are usually more prone to foot ulcerations that should be treated properly by a podiatrist to reduce the risk of amputation. Our doctors are trained on healing diabetic wounds and to keep one’s feet healthy and strong.
Type A (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile-onset diabetes)
Makes up about 5-10% of diabetic patients
Commonly observed in children and adolescents
Caused as a result of the inability to produce insulin, which is vital for healthy life
Type B (non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes)
Makes up the remaining 90-95% of diabetic patients
Are prescribed oral medication and injections for treatment
Majority of the population, about 80% or above, are obese, and obesity actively leads to insulin resistance
Risk Factors of Type B
Diabetic family history
Gestational diabetic history
Age of 40 years or above
Having membership at either of these ethnic groups: