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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What makes diabetes patients more at risk for foot problems?

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  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Diabetes (if not well controlled) affects both the small and large blood vessels supplying blood, oxygen and nutrients to different areas of the body. High glucose (sugar) levels in the blood act like little shards of glass which, over time damage these blood vessels leading to problems of the foot.  Apart from the foot, uncontrolled diabetes can affect blood vessels supplying the eyes (retinopathy), nerves (neuropathy), heart (cardiovascular disease and heart attack), kidneys, and brain (stroke).

    If you have been newly diagnosed with diabetes I would strongly recommend you seek expert advice and guidance from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). APDs can help you to understand your diabetes and tailor dietary advice to your individual needs. You can find one near you by loggin onto and clicking on the “Find an Accredited Practising Dietitian” tab.

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