Kerry has 10% of Ireland’s diabetic patients

Kerry currently has the highest rate of diabetes in the country with between seven to ten thousand people having the condition – this represents almost 10% of the national total. The main risk factors associated with the condition are obesity, physical inactivity, high fat low fibre diet and ulceration and circulation problems with the feet. Early detection of the condition is vital and failure to do so can lead to many complications including, in severe cases, amputation. The lack of a full time Clinical Specialist Podiatrist at Kerry General Hospital has been raised as an urgent priority with the Health Service Executive according to Diabetic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Helen Crowley.