If left untreated, diabetes can lead to major health issues.
November is National Diabetes Month and though many people are familiar with the term diabetes, they may not be familiar with the major health problems that can accompany the disease if left undiagnosed and untreated. Amputation, stroke and wounds that won’t heal, and even blindness, are just a few of these.
According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. As many as 7.2 million people are unaware that they have the disease. Some of the warning signs of either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are:
• Being very thirsty
• Losing or gaining weight without trying
• Urinating often
• Having sores that heal slowly
• Feeling very hungry or tired
• Having dry, itchy skin
• Having blurry eyesight
• Losing feeling or having tingling in the feet
Diabetes affects people in different ways.
A customized rehabilitation care plan that can be found at a rehabilitation services provider like MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital can help those diagnosed with diabetes by delivering a personalized plan that helps them manage the symptoms and side effects.
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital’s program offers a variety of services to those living with
diabetes, including nutritional assessment, peritoneal dialysis, physical activity recommendations to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and rehabilitation following more serious complications from the disease, such as wound and foot care, and even amputation.
After an Amputation
Amputation is the removal of a limb (arm or leg) by trauma or surgery. People sometimes must have an amputation to control extreme and unrelenting pain or an aggressive disease in the limb, such as a tumor or gangrene. With access to the latest technology and treatment for people who have had an amputation, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital offers the clinical, technical and professional expertise needed to help patients progress toward total independence. Our goal is to give individuals the skills and equipment they need to overcome obstacles and boundaries to return to the most independent life possible.
Tiffany Kiehl, CEO
“Our mission is to provide a higher level of care for our patients,” says Tiffany Kiehl, CEO of MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital.
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital is a98-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Kansas City area, the hospital is located at 5701 West 110th Street in Overland Park, and on the Web at www.MidAmericaRehabHospital.com.