Diabetes on a Plate: Musings of a Wound Physician Managing Diabetes

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By Aletha Tippett, MD

In my work as a wound physician, most of the patients I treat have diabetes because of this, much of my time is spent working with these patients to manage their diabetes.

The problems that results from their condition include: diabetic neuropathy that is often severe enough to cause limb loss, wounds, obesity, renal failure, vision loss, plus the expense of medications and the intrusion on their lives to manage diet and lifestyle.

The incidence of diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic. I often wonder, “why is this happening?”

While there are several theories, I think at heart it is a disease of diet and overeating. I see articles about Kentucky Fried Chicken, celebrating its tremendous financial success in China. Is this one of the reasons diabetes has been dubbed an “epidemic” in that country as well?

As I wait in the airport, I watch people getting food and beverages -- large sodas, large servings of various fast foods, oversized sweets from Cinnabon -- I see it all as "diabetes on a plate." It is no wonder the disease has become so rampant.

I walk through the grocery store and I can’t help but be saddened by all the sweetened, fattened foods that are available. The only safe place left is on the perimeter, where the natural foods are sold - the fruits and vegetables, the meats and dairy.

What would it take for us to return to a more reasonable and holistic way of eating?

A cultural dietary shift is essential to reducing the incidence of diabetes and resulting conditions.

These are thoughts of a doctor watching the world explode around her with this debilitating disease. All health care professionals should be aware of the problem and working to help solve it, whether they're a wound care physician, nurse, or diabetes educator.

About The Author
Aletha Tippett MD is a family medicine and wound care expert, founder and president of the Hope of Healing Foundation®, family physician, and international speaker on wound care.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.

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