(Fremont County, Wyo.) - An estimated 29.1 million people in the US, or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. Of that 29.1 million, nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed.
People diagnosed with diabetes can also experience co-existing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation. Diabetes related amputations are associated with chronic wounds caused by diabetes, especially diabetic foot ulcers. People with an amputation have a 50 percent mortality rate within five years.
“In 2015, one third of the patients treated at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Riverton had diabetes. Demographic studies in 2015 by Healogics show that there were approximately 264 patients with diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities in our area; but only 6.45% of these patients were seen in our wound center at SageWest Health Care," explained Dr. James White, DO, Medical Director at The Center for Wound Care. "We are working hard to increase community awareness as we are very concerned that many community members are suffering with diabetic ulcers and possibly have not sought the medical treatment they need.”
The wound care center in Riverton offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds related to diabetes. People with diabetes should wear proper footwear, inspect their feet daily and take extra care when trimming nails and treating cuts, scrapes and blisters. If a wound does not heal or shows sign of infection, seek medical treatment. These precautions can help prevent diabetes-related amputations in the future. For more information, call 307-857-9588.