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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 09, 2016
Category: Diabetes
Tags: diabetes awareness  

One in eleven Americans has diabetes but another 86 million are at risk for developing it. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want to help our southwestern PA patients prevent diabetes, a disease which can have devastating consequences for your feet and the rest of your body.

Risk Factors

There are several factors that increase your risk of becoming diabetic. Some of them you cannot control:

Race—African, Mexican and Asian Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders all have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Age—as you age, your risk for diabetes increases.

Gender—men have a higher incidence of diabetes than women.

Family History—your risk for diabetes is higher if you have a mother, father, sister or brother who has had the disease.

However, there are several risks that you can reduce and sometimes all takes is minor changes to your current lifestyle. These include:

Being overweight—even losing 10-15 pounds can help reduce your risk. Start small by substituting healthy snacks for high fat and calorie ones, cutting size and keeping a record of what you eat daily.

Physical inactivity—being active helps increase circulation, burn calories and your heart stronger, as well as reducing the risk of diabetes. All types of exercise are helpful: aerobic, strength training, flexibility and just generally being more active throughout your day.

Smoking—increases your risk of diabetes and decreases your circulation, a problem already associated with the disease that can impact your body’s ability to heal wounds, a serious problem for diabetics.

High blood pressure—nearly one in three people have high blood pressure. Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure often has no symptoms. Have your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor. If it’s high, your doctor may recommend medication or other means of reducing it.

If you have more questions about your risk of diabetes, contact our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker in our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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