Keys to diabetes foot care

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure

People with diabetes can develop several foot problems, some of which can lead to serious complications. Diabetes can cause nerve damage, which makes your feet less sensitive to pain, heat and cold. Another result of nerve damage is your feet become very dry. Because of this you might not notice a sharp object in your shoe, or even a small cut on your foot. Diabetes may also reduce the flow of blood to your feet, which will make it harder for your body to heal a small cut or blister, or fight off an infection. Therefore a small cut or wound could develop into a serious infection and even to amputation. This handy test can help you monitor the sensation in your feet and your risk for ulcers. Ask your doctor for a ‘monofilament’ so you can test your feet at home! Diabetes foot test   Push to make the filament bend Push to make the filament bend Foot screen test sites

Foot care tips

  • Keep your blood glucose in your target range as much as possible.
  • Examine your feet every day for blisters, cuts, swelling, and red sports.
  • Be active, but pay attention when you exercise. Do not exercise with open sores on your feet.
  • Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
  • To keep your feet from getting dry, use skin lotion for the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not use lotion between your toes.
  • Cut your toenails after bathing when they are soft. Cut them straight across and avoid cutting into the corners. File the edges with an emery board or nail file.
  • Always wear comfortable shoes and socks that fit well. Never walk barefoot. Check inside your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on.
  • Be careful with hot and cold temperatures. Do not walk barefoot on the beach or on hot pavement. Use your elbow to measure water temperature instead of your feet.
  • To keep the blood flowing to your feet, put your feet up when sitting. Avoid crossing your legs. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down a couple of times a day.
Keys to diabetes foot care

Dr. Sanjiv Shah Presents Exciting New Data on Gather at AACE

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Nashville, May 16, 2015 – AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists)

Today, Dr. Sanjiv Shah presented exciting new data on Gather at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) conference.

Analysis from 48 Type 2 diabetics at Dr. Shah’s clinic revealed that in their first 8 weeks on the system, there were 57 changes to their insulin. Over 2/3rds of these were increases in dosing, with the remainder being about equal numbers of decreases or timing changes.

This resulted in an average of 31mg/dL drop in mean fasting BG and a 16mg/dL drop in overall mean BG. On average each patient recorded just under 2 episodes of BG <70 and 0.3 episodes of BG <50.

This observational data indicates Gather Health facilitates more frequent titration of insulin, enabling tighter glucose control, with few recorded hypoglycemic episodes.

Read or download the full poster here!

Dr. Sanjiv Shah Presents Exciting New Data on Gather at AACE

Gather Presents Early Data on its Mobile Diabetes Management Platform at DiabetesIndia 2015

Chennai, April 12, 2015 – International healthcare technology provider Gather Health showcased its mobile diabetes management platform at DiabetesIndia 2015 in Chennai, India, and shared the effectiveness of the platform in helping patients control their blood glucose.

“There are over 60 million diabetics in India and all of them want it to be easier to be healthy. Gather believes technology can help improve the situation by creating access continuous support and education. Gather’s mobile and web technology bring together a holistic care team around the patient, including the physician, nutritionist, and family, so the patient is never alone.” said Burke Wise, CEO and co-founder of Gather Health.

According to Gather’s early research with over 250 patients across 7 clinics in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Mumbai, there was a 20 point drop in mean BG among those with continued app use at 16 weeks. One patient even managed to reduce his weekly average pre-prandial by 146 mg/dl and post-prandial by 92 mg/dl after 91 days of usage.

“We are very excited to show the good early results at DiabetesIndia 2015, as it means we are one step closer to our vision, which is to help patients get healthier, and help professional care providers work more efficiently,” said Wise. DiabetesIndia is a registered trust which works for Diabetes Awareness Management activities in India. It has a large number of doctors as member of it, and holds an annual conference at every 2 years.

Gather Presents Early Data on its Mobile Diabetes Management Platform at DiabetesIndia 2015

Technology for Ideal Care: Gather Presented at RSSDI 2014

Bangalore, November 23, 2014 – RSSDI (Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India) 2014 was held in Bangalore in November 21 to 23. Nora Kleinman, Head of Science at Gather Health, gave a presentation and shared with the attendees the company’s vision of ideal healthcare for diabetes patients and how technology can help improve it. 

“Key diabetes risk factors are creating a huge burden of disease in India, and most diabetes patients are not receiving enough care,” said Nora Kleinman, Head of Science at Gather Health. “There is a limited amount of doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to meet rapidly growing demand for better care. Gather is trying to tackle the problem by empowering both patients and professional care providers with technology to generate better outcomes and improve efficiency.”

Ms. Kleinman cited research done by DEDICOM (1) that almost 50% diabetes patients in India are not receiving regular counseling and advice, and less than 20% have their HbA1c values in target range (2). This could be related to low awareness of diabetes, distress and frustration from family members, and lack of exercise habits.

“Gather provides mobile and cloud-based healthcare applications that leverage the latest medical and behavior change research to truly motivate and educate patients. It connects and activates physicians, patients, their families, and patient communities in order to provide continuous, holistic care for patients and achieve improved health outcomes,” said Kleinman.

Gather Health Diabetes platform, the first product of the company, has been adopted by partner physicians, patients, and families in Hong Kong and Indian cities such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

Citations

  1. Nagpal J, Bhartia A. Quality of diabetes care in the middle- and high-income group populace: the Delhi Diabetes Community (DEDICOM) survey
  2. Mohan V. et al. Current status of management, control, complications and psychosocial aspects of patients with diabetes in India. Results from DiabCare India 2011 Study. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2014; 18(3):370-378.

About Gather

Gather Health is an international healthcare technology company focused on empowering chronic disease patients to improve their health. We offer mobile and cloud-based healthcare applications that leverage the latest medical and behavior change research. Gather’s headquarters are in Hong Kong, with offices in Beijing, New York and India.

Contact Information

Burke Wise CEO, Gather Health burke@gatherhealth.com https://www.gatherhealth.com

Technology for Ideal Care: Gather Presented at RSSDI 2014