How to Prevent Amputation Due to Diabetes

As an adolescent, I spent about two years working in a nursing home, and it was an eye opener in lots of ways. One was the problem faced by our diabetics. Everything had to be carefully watched, particularly if the patient wasn't capable of carrying it out. Many patients either had or would eventually undergo amputations.
Medications can help keep blood sugar levels under control, and there are lots of new products that assist in preventing the need for drastic changes in what we're accustomed to eating or drinking. That is clearly a lot of good news, but if you're diabetic, you need to do more.
1) Foot exams: Just about every doctor's office I've been in includes a sign that tells diabetics to take off their socks and shoes. This is actually very important. This condition can cause loss of sensation to the feet and lower legs. Therefore any small injury gets the potential to become big problem.
Because it's hard to learn by feel, you need to check your feet on a daily 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 suggest that they handle toe nail trimming and callous removal. Callouses have a nasty habit of turning into ulcers if left on the foot. Lack of sensation could cause one to remove an excessive amount of skin, opening the door for an infection.
2) Monitoring: That is another area that has improved dramatically. You used to possess to stick your finger tips several 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 permit you to test on your arm, which hurts far less.
You might wonder why monitoring is so important. Sugar levels fluctuate normally, based on what and how often we eat. If you're diabetic, these fluctuations could be larger than if otherwise. Too high and it causes organ damage...and kills. Too low and it can cause you to distribute, go into a coma and/or die. Keeping the levels stable is imperative.
Dr. John Rundback
3) No self surgery: As mentioned above, allow doctors handle things such as callouses, corns and bunions. Doing them yourself can cause injury 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 get over it. Wounds are one of the leading causes of amputation for those with this medical condition. It's best to start with the doctor in the beginning, as it will probably still take longer to heal than it could under normal conditions. Be prepared for this process to take a team approach, as there could be many different types of treatment had a need to preserve your limbs.
There's still an alarming amount of amputations in the U.S. Don't be a statistic, obtain the medical assist you to need often and early. Be ready for aggressive treatment should something happen, to be able to avoid the dependence on this drastic measure


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