As we mentioned in our last post, November is Diabetes Awareness Month – and it is a great time to shine a spotlight on a disease that affects tens of millions of Americans. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes. It is a serious healthcare epidemic that has many far-reaching implications.
What many don’t know is that each day, 3,835 Americans are newly diagnosed with the life-threatening disease and a full 200 Americans will undergo a diabetes-related amputation – every day.
People with diabetes are far more likely to have a foot or leg amputated than other people. Why?
Many diabetic individuals have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which reduces blood flow to the feet. Also, many people with diabetes have nerve disease, which reduces sensation. Together, these problems make it easy to get ulcers and infections that may lead to amputation.
If you are facing amputation, you are not out of options. Get a second opinion.
A second opinion from a specialist such as Lam Vascular and Associates can provide you the peace of mind knowing that you are choosing the ideal treatment option for your specific needs.
This is why Dr. Lam created the Lam Vascular Second Opinion Program. This unique program is designed to help you fully understand your options, and with guidance from Dr. Lam and our team of specialists, choose the right treatment plan or procedure for you.
World Diabetes Day – November 15, 2016
Join healthcare and community leaders for the World Diabetes Day North Texas Summit, Expo and Luncheon on November 15 to learn about new trends in diabetes prevention and management. Several company wellness programs that are successfully executed in the Metroplex will be present as well.
The annual event – themed Carrying Diabetes Management to New Heights – will be held Tuesday, November 15 at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn more about the event here!
The information contained in this article is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice. Patient results will vary based on risk factors, age, disease and medical history and are not guaranteed in any way.