Emma Holland receives her award for Exemplary Initiatives in Health Care Improvement 2010.
Emma Holland receives her award for Exemplary Initiatives in Health Care Improvement 2010. SUBMITTED

Informative event on diabetes

THE Gladstone Diabetes Association will host a special information session covering Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy this Saturday.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes.

President of the Gladstone Diabetes Association, Brian Wilkie, said understanding this complication is too often misunderstood and poorly treated leaving people suffering and desperate for relief.

“Registered Nurse and credentialed diabetes educator Emma Holland will cover Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and explain to people ways that they can relieve the pain,” Mr Wilkie said.

“People can lose limbs because they don’t get circulation through the body like the rest of us do and if they don’t keep a good eye on their feet they can quickly loose them.

“They need to get check-ups three or four times a year for their feet,” he said.

Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy (PDN) involves the lower limbs with loss of sensation to heat and cold, muscle wasting and often severe pain. Limited joint mobility also contributes to changes in the structure and functions of the feet.

Mr Wilkie said local podiatrist Peter Charles would explain the role of the podiatrist and the services he can offer to people with diabetes. “Peter has extensive experience in diabetic foot care and wound management and will focus on how diabetes damages the nerves and blood vessels of the lower limb.”

The information session will be held tomorrow at the Nhulundu Wooribah Centre from 9am to noon.



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