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Endocrinology & Metabolic Syndrome

Endocrinology & Metabolic Syndrome
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ISSN: 2161-1017

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How can diabetes affect the feet?


Global Meeting on Diabetes and Endocrinology

July 23-24, 2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abdol Reza Eslami

Gorgan Hospital, Iran

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Endocrinol Metab Syndr

Abstract :

People with diabetes are prone to foot problems caused by prolonged periods of high blood sugar. There are two main foot problems, each of which can have serious complications. Diabetes is a disease where the body cannot produce insulin or cannot use it effectively. Insulin is the hormone that is responsible for helping the cells takes in sugar to use for energy. When this does not happen properly, the levels of sugar in the blood can become too high. Over time, diabetes can cause nerve damage that makes it hard for people with diabetes to feel sensation in their extremities. The condition also makes it difficult for a person to feel an irritation on their foot or notice when their shoes are rubbing. This lack of sensation and awareness leads to an increase in the risk of cuts, sores and blisters developing. Diabetes leads to changes in the blood vessels, including arteries. In peripheral vascular disease, fatty deposits block these vessels beyond the brain and heart. It tends to affect the blood vessels leading to and from the extremities, reducing blood flow to the hands and feet. Prolonged periods of high sugar levels in the blood can wreak havoc on many areas of the body, including the feet.

Biography :

Abdol Reza Eslami is a Specialist in Infectious Diseases working in Gorgan Hospital in Iran.

E-mail: eslamiinf@gmail.com

 

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