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How to Prevent Amputation Due to Diabetes

As an adolescent, I spent about two years employed in a nursing home, and it was an eye opener in many ways. One was the issue faced by our diabetics. Everything had to be carefully watched, particularly if the individual wasn't capable of doing it. Many patients either had or would eventually undergo amputations.
Medications can help keep blood sugar levels under control, and there are many new products that help prevent the need for drastic changes in what we're accustomed to eating or drinking. That is clearly a lot of very good news, but if you are diabetic, you will need to do more.
1) Foot exams: Just about every doctor's office I am in has a sign that tells diabetics to take off their socks and shoes. This is really very important. This medical condition can cause lack of sensation to the feet and lower legs. Which means that any small injury has the potential to become big problem.
Because it's hard to learn by feel, it is advisable to check your feet on a regular basis. Otherwise, an infection could occur. The disease also helps it be harder to heal, both from injuries and from infections. Your doctor will provide the same service.
There's more too it than that, however. Most doctors will claim that they handle toe nail trimming and callous removal. Callouses have an awful habit of turning out to be ulcers if left on the foot. Lack of sensation could cause you to remove an excessive amount of skin, opening the door for an infection.
2) Monitoring: This is another area that has improved dramatically. You used to possess to stick your finger tips many times a day to test your sugar levels. Your fingers actually have more nerves per square inch than any portion of your body, meaning it was a painful process. New monitors now allow you to test on your arm, which hurts far less.
You may wonder why monitoring is indeed important. Sugar levels fluctuate normally, based on what and how often we consume. If you're diabetic, these fluctuations can be larger than if otherwise. Too high also it causes organ damage...and kills. Too low and it can cause you to distribute, get into a coma and/or die. Keeping the levels stable is imperative.
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3) No self surgery: As stated above, allow doctors handle things like callouses, corns and bunions. Doing them yourself could cause tissue damage and/or introduce bacteria into the area. Both can cause infections.
4) Wound healing: Should you injure your foot or lower leg, you might need your doctor's help to overcome it. Wounds are among the leading causes of amputation for all those with this medical condition. It's best to start with the doctor in the beginning, as it will most likely still take longer to heal than it would under normal conditions. Be prepared for this process to have a team approach, as there can be many types of treatment needed to preserve your limbs.
There is still an alarming amount of amputations in the U.S. Don't be a statistic, get the medical help you need often and early. Be prepared for aggressive treatment should something happen, to be able to avoid the dependence on this drastic measure