VANCOUVER, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - "Today, around the world, every five
seconds someone develops diabetes. Every 10 seconds someone dies from
diabetes and every 20 seconds there is a diabetic lower limb
amputation." Those are the sobering words of Dr. Perry Mayer, Medical
Director of The Mayer Institute (TMI), the first centre of excellence
in Ontario that specializes in advanced diabetes foot and wound care.
Dr. Mayer will be addressing the 15th Annual Conference of the Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society
of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West building Ballroom A/B) this
afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Mayer says Canadians would be shocked to learn that the five-year
mortality rate for someone who has a healable, diabetes related foot
wound is higher than almost all cancers except lung and pancreatic
cancer. Nearly one third of people with diabetes who require an
amputation will die within the following year and two thirds will die
within 5 years.
Not only are diabetic foot ulcers a serious complication of diabetes,
they are a common one. It is estimated that 15 per cent of Canadians
with diabetes or over 400,000 people, will develop a foot ulcer in
their lifetime. Several of the chronic complications of diabetes
contribute to the risk of foot ulcers: loss of sensation due to nerve
damage that allows small cuts or injuries to go unnoticed, and both
blockages in blood vessels and decreased immune function that make it
difficult for a wound to heal. Canadians with diabetes are 23 times more likely to be hospitalized for
a limb amputation than those without diabetes and 85 per cent of those
amputations are the result of a non-healing foot ulcer.
Effective and skilled management of foot ulcers by healthcare providers
is critical to prevent amputation. People living with diabetes can work
to prevent the development of ulcers through a foot care regimen, daily
foot inspection and proper foot wear also plays an important role.
"The management of diabetic foot disease is as vital to the health of
our patients as is the treatment of diabetic eye disease, kidney
disease or heart disease and, yet, it is routinely underdiagnosed an
undertreated" says Dr. Mayer.
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About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable
organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with
diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our
professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education
and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease,
advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to
achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure.
Please visit diabetes.ca, join us on facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING
SOURCE: Canadian Diabetes Association
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For more information and to schedule an interview with Dr. Perry V. Mayer, contact:
Natasha Netschay Davies