Shire Launches Educational Resource for People Living with Diabetes and Their
HealTogether.com is designed to increase patient awareness of diabetic foot
ulcers and encourage immediate treatment of diabetes-related complications
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) has
recently launched a new educational resource for people with diabetes and
their caregivers as part of its HealTogether national awareness program.
HealTogether.com is an online community designed to increase awareness and
education of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and help patients better understand
that DFUs should be treated immediately.
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With numerous pages of educational content related to diabetes and
diabetes-related complications, including an animation that simplifies the
complexity of DFUs, downloadable support material that helps patients speak
about their DFU with their healthcare provider, and a tool to assist in the
location of specialists for treatment, HealTogether.com is a convenient
resource for anyone impacted by diabetic foot ulcers. The website also
includes a questionnaire to help determine who is at risk for a DFU and videos
of patients who are being treated for their DFUs.
"Diabetic foot sores, or ulcers, are arguably one of the most common
complications of diabetes with 25% of people with diabetes experiencing a DFU
in their lifetime," saidDr. Lee C. Rogers, D.P.M. co-medical director of the
Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys,
Calif. "Because an untreated DFU canbecome chronic andlead toaserious
complication, such as amputation, we want to provide as much education as
possible to avoid this outcome and help patients understand that they're not
alone- there is help and support available."
HealTogether.com is the foundation of Shire's nationwide HealTogether program
which is dedicated to promoting proper foot care for people with diabetes,
educating individuals about DFUs, and encouraging those with non-healing DFUs
to talk to their doctors about seeing a wound care specialist.
About Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFUs)
Diabetic foot ulcers are wounds that can develop on the feet of people with
diabetes. They are often difficult to heal and may become chronic in nature.
There are several reasons that wounds may not heal, but one major reason may
be that over time high blood sugar levels can injure blood vessels, which may
result in decreased blood flow to the wound.^^[i]
DFUs are a common complication in patients with diabetes. Among people with
diabetes, up to 25% experience a DFU in their lifetime^^[ii] and the annual
incidence is approximately 3.4%^^[iii]^,^[iv]
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[i] American Diabetes Association. Living with diabetes: other specialists.
Accessed October 29, 2012.
[ii] Singh N, Armstrong DG, Lipsky BA. Preventing foot ulcers in patients with
diabetes. J Amer Med Assoc. 2005;293:217-228.
[iii] Lavery LA, Armstrong DG, Wunderlich RP, Tredwell J, Boulton AJ. Diabetic
foot syndrome: evaluating the prevalence and incidence of foot pathology in
Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites from a diabetes disease management
cohort. Diabetes Care. 2003;26:1435-1438.
[iv] American Diabetes Association. Living with diabetes: foot care.
Accessed January 27, 2013.
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