NASCAR and Diabetes: A Family Affair to Prevent Amputations

PHOENIX, Arizona. Jeff DeSantis, past President of the California Podiatric Medical Association and David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) were pit-crew VIP’s at the unveiling of the “Diabetes is A Family Affair” initiative supported by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “It is a privilege to be a part of this enormously important program in such a splendid venue like the Sprint NASCAR series”, noted Professor Armstrong, “Nearly one in 5 of the population at this event will have diabetes and everyone here knows someone with the disease. What we need to tell them is that the problem is preventable– and the most common of diabetic problems– foot infections and amputations– are even more preventable.” The pair of podiatric leaders were guests of Hall of Fame Racing’s number 96 Ford, driven by Kevin Harvick. “We’re grateful to Hall of Fame Racing’s generosity and support and believe that this kind of program can do nothing but good to reduce the needless number of amputations in the USA and around the world.”

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