The Diabetes Council provides up-to-date, emerging and reliable information for those suffering from Type 2 diabetes (Diabetes mellitus) and Prediabetes. They recently published an editorial column ‘Diabetes and Amputation: Everything You Need To Know To Avoid Amputation' This is a very informative and useful article providing everything that you need to know about how to avoid an extremity amputation due to diabetes and when to contact your doctor. People with diabetes can be plagued with a whole host of skin and foot problems related to Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), and to diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage that occurs from years of high blood sugars. A small nick in the skin can lead to a non-healing ulcer which can quickly turn to gangrene and necessitate amputation. The article includes practical foot and skin care – what you can do to prevent amputation.
National Diabetes Education Program: Be Sweet to Your Feet offers education information for people with diabetes and health education, and business professionals. The National Hospital Discharge Survey data for 1994 indicates that 67,000 people with diabetes underwent one or more lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the leading cause of amputation of the lower limbs. Yet it is clear that as many as half of these amputations might be prevented through simple but effective foot care practices. The 1993 landmark study, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, conclusively showed that keeping blood glucose as close to normal as possible significantly slows the onset and progression of nerve and vascular complications associated with diabetes. This site has many educational resources for people with diabetes to prevent amputation.
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