KHS recognizes November as National Diabetes Month and November 14th as World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputation, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. People with diabetes are also two to four times more likely than people without diabetes to develop heart disease.
We can help protect our health and the health of our loved ones by educating ourselves and them about the risk factors and lifestyle changes that can be made that can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Some diabetes-related preventive services that focus on early disease detection and disease management, include:
- diabetes screening tests
- diabetes self-management training
- medical nutrition therapy
- diabetes supplies
- glaucoma screenings
- vaccinations for pneumonia and influenza
Prevalence and Effects
• Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
• The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
• About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
Cost of Diabetes
• The ADA estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
• Indirect costs amount to $58 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
• The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs.
KHS is doing our part by providing numerous preventative products crucial to ongoing foot care for the diabetic patient, including skin therapy creams, comfortable socks designed especially for diabetic feet and custom comfort footwear.
We encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional regarding caring for your diabetes or helping you prevent diabetes. KHS will work together with you to be part of the solution!