The World Day of Diabetes is marked on November 14 and the theme of this year’s campaign is “Women and Diabetes – our right to a healthy future”. This year’s campaign aims to draw attention to the fact that over 199 million women worldwide suffer from diabetes, with no access to adequate health care services.
Due to the theme of this year’s campaign, IDF (International Diabetes Federation) this year particularly points out the need for improved screening, health care and the availability of education to achieve positive health outcomes for the mother and child.
The Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “Dr. Miroslav Zotović” will be joining the World Diabetes Day this year to promote the importance of all women with diabetes risk have equally accessible to medicines and medical technology as well as education, information, and everything can contribute to the optimum outcomes of life with diabetes or to strengthen their ability to influence the prevention of diabetes mellitus.
The Institute “Dr. Miroslav Zotović” has been intensively involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with diabetes complications at the lower extremities for years and develops primary and secondary prevention programs for the diabetic foot.
Patients have at their disposal “Dr. Miroslav Zotović” therapeutic methods in line with the recommendations of the International Working Group for Diabetic Foot:
- physical therapy (therapeutic exercises, treadmill, vacuum compression therapy, carbotherapy, galvanic baths, magneto therapy, phototherapy, occupational therapy);
- hyperbaric oxygenation therapy
- pharmacotherapy in consultations of clinical pharmacist and internist: antibiotic therapy, chronic pain pharmacotherapy, chronic wound treatment with special dressings, etc.;
- education of patients about nutrition and diabetic foot care (as a secondary prevention measure);
- psychosocial support.
In an evaluation of patients with diabetic foot and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) we use: 6-minutes’ walking test, measurement of the pain-free walking distance, ankle-brachial / Doppler index, EMNG and CDS of blood vessels, transcutaneous oximetry and tissue circulation measurement.
Balanced nutrition and physical activity are the basic measures that each of us can take to prevent diabetes. If the disease has already come up with the help of drugs, and with balanced nutrition and physical activity we keep blood sugar under control and thus affect the prevention of diabetes complications.