Diabetes complications

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Registered: 05-12-2013
Diabetes complications
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Sun, 02-02-2014 - 10:58am

I have a coworker whose mother had her leg amputated below the knee yesterday. They are saying it had to happen because of diabetes complications. How does diabetes cause someone to have to loose their leg?

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Registered: 02-03-2014
Mon, 02-03-2014 - 5:36pm

daughter

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Registered: 02-03-2014
Mon, 02-03-2014 - 5:36pm

daughter

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Registered: 02-03-2014
Mon, 02-03-2014 - 5:36pm

daughter

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Mon, 02-10-2014 - 8:05pm

Hi and welcome to the diabetes board. I am sure your friend's family is correct. Something like 90% of the amputations in this country are as a complication of diabetes. Here is why. Elevated blood sugar causes the blood vessels to become inflammed and that leads to chronic inflammation and to narrowed vessels and lack of blood supply to the feet and legs. When that happens the person gets a minor sore on their foot for example and it won't heal and then the problems start. The feet and legs are the furtherest from the heart and anything which disturbs the blood flow is not good. This is why it is important for diabetics to keep their blood sugars under control and to take care of their feet properly. For example diabetics need to know how to care for their feet and toe nails and they shouldn't get pedis done because of the risk of getting a cut which won't heal. Diabetics are not supposed to go barefoot. My original diabetic doctor had a sign in his exam room which said that diabetics are to treat their feet as if they were crown jewels. This should be the goal of all of us.

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