What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.
An individual who is diabetic will take Insulin; a protein designed to aid in the removal of Glucose from the blood stream.
A Type 1 Diabetic usually produces very reduced or lacking Insulin while a Type 2 Diabetic can produce Insulin but the body’s ability to use the Insulin for the purpose of removing Glucose from the blood stream becomes reduced, resulting in high blood Glucose levels.
Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Although we need Glucose for energy production, too much of glucose can cause severe damage to multiple different types of tissue in the body.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes: Thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction (the body attacks itself by mistake). This reaction stops your body from making insulin. It’s usually diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults.
Type 2 Diabetes: Body doesn’t use insulin well and can’t keep blood sugar at normal levels. It develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adults (but more and more in children, teens, and young adults).
Gestational Diabetes: Develops in pregnant women who have never had diabetes. If you have gestational diabetes, your baby could be at higher risk for health problems. Usually goes away after your baby is born but increases your risk for Type 2 Diabetes later in life.
Preventative Podiatric Care
This includes regular assessment of the both feet with debridement of calluses. A preventative podiatric care regimen is recommended to be able to detect early on any foot problem in patients with diabetics.
Diabetic Complications Treated
Conditions like nerve damage and poor circulation can cause loss of feeling in your feet which can lead to the inability to detect injuries to your feet. Diabetes can cause complications that affect the health of the feet and can make it very difficult for injuries to heal.
Diabetes symptoms depend on how high your blood sugar is. Some people, especially if they have prediabetes, gestational diabetes or type 2 diabetes, may not have symptoms. In type 1 diabetes, symptoms tend to come on quickly and be more severe.
Some of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are:
Feeling more thirsty than usual.
Losing weight without trying.
Presence of ketones in the urine. Ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there's not enough available insulin.
Feeling tired and weak.
Feeling irritable or having other mood changes.
Having blurry vision.
Having slow-healing sores.
Getting a lot of infections, such as gum, skin and vaginal infections.
Why You Need to See Dr. Leonard Knudson Regularly When You Have Diabetes
Having a Podiatrist in your Health Care team is an important part of your Diabetes. Dr. Leonard Knudson is specifically trained to assess the nerve damage in your feet, identify your specific foot health risks, and help you come up with a treatment and prevention plan.
Diabetes can impact your feet in a number of ways, and Dr. Knudson can help address those issues.
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Our Los Angeles Foot Doctor is Certified by the The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, is a California Licensed Podiatrist and has a Doctorate Degree in Podiatric Medicine.
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Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles. We also tend to patients from nearby - UCLA, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and the West Los Angeles area.
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