Diabetes rates are on the rise, and aside from the initial effects of the condition, those with the disease need to be concerned about lesser-known complications that develop over time. High blood sugar levels begin to have an impact on the vessels of the circulatory system, which lead to issues like venous insufficiency, and ultimately problems like amputations. What is the relationship between diabetes and circulation, and how do complications like amputation arise?
A quick bump, scratch or scrape is a normal part of life – even well after our playground and tree-climbing days are behind us. But for a diabetic, these small wounds can take days, months or even years to finally heal due to damage to the circulatory and nervous systems. If left untreated, these diabetic wounds can escalate into an urgent situation. Two keys to avoid serious complications: prevention and proactivity.
Atlanta Medical Clinic is a patient-focused medical center that provides world-class diabetic wound care and wound care treatments for those in need. All of our services are covered by insurance and we work directly with the patients to ensure they comply with the necessary follow up treatments so that our patients’ wounds can heal safely. Here are 5 critically important things that diabetics need to know about wound care.
Diabetes diagnoses are rising at epidemic rates, nearly doubling to almost 10% of the American population since the 1980s. Still another 85 million are living with pre-diabetic conditions, which can lead to the disease within 5 years. While many of us know about complications related to diabetes, like metabolic disorders, increased risk for heart attacks and stroke, kidney failure, and retinopathy which can lead to blindness, there isn’t as much understanding around issues like venous insufficiency and diabetic wounds. What causes diabetic wounds, and why is ignoring them so dangerous?
Getting enough sleep is a vital part of any healthy routine. But if you’re experiencing uncomfortable tingling, burning, and an irresistible urge to move your legs, sleep can feel nearly impossible.
Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, is just how it sounds: a neurological disorder that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs and the urge to keep moving them. It’s estimated that one in ten American adults are affected by restless legs, making it one of the most common sleep disorders in general.
The reason why Atlanta Medical Clinic exists is simple: the founders wanted to build a place of healing and empowerment, and a world-class treatment center for our patients. Over the years, we have expanded our services to include different forms of minimally-invasive treatments and therapies to help our patients get relief from pain and get back to the activities they love. The next frontier for Atlanta Medical Clinic is expanding into the arena of diabetic wound care – a potentially life-saving treatment supporting the diabetic patients in our community.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 25 million Americans are struggling with diabetes and more than a third of those are undiagnosed and not seeking treatment. Unfortunately, along with our waistlines, diabetes rates are on the rise, and those with the disease are at a higher risk for major complications like blindness, kidney failure, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke, but one potentially dangerous consequence is the risk of amputation of the lower limbs because of diabetic wounds. What causes diabetic wounds, and what care options are available?
Pain affects millions of Americans every day, has a serious and direct impact on the quality of life for the individuals suffering from it. At Atlanta Medical Clinic, we have helped thousands of patients over the years suffering from both chronic and acute forms of pain through innovative, non-surgical and minimally-invasive medical procedures.
It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve been staring at your bedroom ceiling for nearly 2 hours, unable to sleep or get any rest at all. After what seems an eternity, you begin to feel yourself slip away, and drift off into a blissful slumber. After what feels like a blink, you’re awakened by sharp, agonizing cramps shooting through your legs and feet. Wincing in pain, the only relief you get is when you start moving your legs. Temporary relief comes, but at a cost – now, you’re fully awake again.
For millions of Americans, nightfall brings on the anxiety of another night’s sleep lost to restlessness, and it’s not just a racing mind keeping them awake. RLS, or Restless Leg Syndrome, is just that, a neurological disorder that creates the irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms) to relieve uncomfortable sensations like itching, pins and needles, or a crawling sort of sensation in the extremities. While there is no exact cause or specific cure, researchers are seeing undeniable correlations between RLS and CVI, or Chronic Venous Insufficiency. How might these two conditions be connected and what treatments could prove effective for both?
Diabetes is a disease affecting over 30 million people in the US, or about 10% of the population, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Impacts of the condition can spread through the systems in the body, and lead to a number of complications, including heart, kidney and dental diseases, stroke, eye and foot problems, and even nerve damage. What is diabetes, and how do conditions like diabetic neuropathy affect the feet and skin?