Martyn Hooper MBE – Chair of the PAS

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Wednesday and Thursday

by | Nov 27, 2015 | 3 comments

I know, I know – I broke my promise to post everyday on here.  And there’s a reason.  For the first time in years we had no telephone calls on Wednesday or Thursday.  I cannot remember that happening before and it must be something to do with somebody’s law.

Today I have to prepare a new presentation for Podiatrists as I begin a new round of Seminars to various regional groups.  The reason why Podiatrists are so interested in Pernicious Anaemia is because they are seen as front-line identifiers of Diabetes – think Diabetic Foot.  And they are amazed that a lack of Vitamin B12 can cause nerve damage especially peripheral neuropathy.  And the peripheral neuropathy associated with B12 Deficiency is almost identical to Diabetic Foot.  And so Podiatrists are in an unique position to identify patients who might have Pernicious Anaemia.

My first presentation is to the Leicester Region on Sunday which means another 8 hour round trip car journey.  You see, this really is a 7-day a week job!!

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  1. Lisa

    Hope all goes well for your meeting,it was good to meet you at Eastbourne last week. You work soooooo hard and tirelessly in an unforgiving arena.

  2. Karen

    Would be really good to raise awareness amongst podiatrists. I was referred to one by my GP – given inserts that actually made things worse because they agravated my back … but turned out what I really needed was a lot more B12 than I was getting … and a slightly different format.
    My mother has diabetic neuropathy and her gait was terrible. It has improved significantly since a B12 deficiency was identified … and I started treating her with similar levels of B12 to those that I need …
    So, not just about B12 or diabetes but also about awareness that there could be more than one thing going on – especially as metformin is used to treat so much diabetes but can also lower B12 apbsorption and lead to deficiency. my mother had been on metformin for 40 years

  3. Marcelle Hagger

    Dedication personified! Just drive carefully Martyn.


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