NATIONAL Diabetes Awareness week is next week, from July 10 to July 16.
This year’s focus by Diabetes WA is on foot health and diabetes.
Rockingham podiatrist Amin Shevketoglu said Type 2 diabetes was the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, increasing faster than other diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
“Diabetes causes 85 foot amputations in Australia every week, which equates to one foot amputation about every two hours,” he said.
“So much could be done to prevent complications of diabetes.
“Regular podiatry assessment and screening has been shown to reduce risk of further diabetes foot complications.”