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Foot and ankle exercises in patients with diabetes

from Lower Extremity Review

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic, systemic disorder that disturbs the body's insulin mechanisms, altering blood glucose levels, which can lead to severe health problems and disability. DM is epidemic worldwide with a significant number of people in the United States having this condition. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports 23.6 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, with 17.9 million diagnosed, 5.7 million undiagnosed, 57 million in a pre-diabetes state, and 1.6 million new cases diagnosed annually in persons 20 years of age and older (most recent data gathered in 2007). DM is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., contributing to 233,619 deaths in 2005 (last year data available). The cost of diabetes care was $174 billion in 2007. The number of individuals affected by this disease continues to rise; therefore, holistic care is imperative to control the functional limitations affecting patients with DM. more

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