Friday, January 22, 2010

Dance for Diabetes: Podiatry School Gives Back

From: The Official Blog of Houston Podiatrist, Dr. Andrew Schneider

On January 16, 2010, Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (SCPM) in conjunction with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) hosted the 23rd Annual Dance for Diabetes at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. This annual event helps raise money to donate to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to help fund research on preventative medicine and education on Diabetes.

Scholl College of Podiatric medicine has been dedicated to raising money for the American Diabetes Association for the past 23 years due to its close professional tie to diabetes. Ask any podiatrist out there about diabetes link to their profession and they will go on for hours about how diabetes affects the lives of many of their patients.

In the past 20 years diabetes has become an epidemic in American society. Currently affecting more then 24 million people in the United States, Diabetes is projected to keep increasing in prevalence over the next decade if the Americans do not change their lifestyles. The reason for the huge increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is strongly correlated to obesity rate of this country.

Diabetes is a disease that really affects the entire body but has special effects on the lower extremities which is why diabetics are frequent visitors to Podiatry offices. Diabetes leads to peripheral neuropathy which causes diabetics to lose sensation in their extremities. Peripheral neuropathy can lead to ulcerations of the feet which can lead to further complications such as infection.

Due to the fact that podiatrists see the devastating side effects of diabetes in their patients many of them become very passionate about raising awareness for Diabetes prevention and research. Undoubtedly this is why SCPM students and faculty work so hard every year to raise money through Dance for Diabetes to donate to the ADA. This year the college was pleased to announce that they donated $21,278 to the American Diabetes Association which is the second largest amount raised by the college in the last 23 years and the most donated since SCPM merged with RFUMS. Congratulations to the all the students and faculty at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine for raising awareness for a cause that they feel so passionate about. Hopefully Dance for Diabetes will be a tradition that lives on for many years to come.

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