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How To Handle Diabetic Foot Enquiries

Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet—even a small cut could have serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. Because of these problems, you might not notice a pebble in your shoe—so you could develop a blister, then a sore, then a stubborn infection that might cause amputation of your foot or leg. To avoid serious foot problems that could result in losing a toe, foot, or leg, be sure to follow these guidelines.

Insulin is an anabolic hormone, that is, one that encourages storage of fat and protein. A relative or absolute insulin deficiency eventually leads to weight loss despite an increase in appetite. Some untreated diabetes patients also complain of fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Patients with diabetes are prone to developing infections of the bladder, skin, and vaginal areas. Fluctuations in blood glucose levels can lead to blurred vision. Extremely elevated glucose levels can lead to lethargy and coma. One of the causes of diabetes is an unbalanced diet, largely consisting of sugars, fats, starches, prepared so as to delight the eye and palate, and which are to a great extent denatured.diabetic foot sores

Foot ulcers are among the commonest complications of diabetes According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, United States, 60 percent of foot amputations in the US occur in people with diabetes Eighty-five percent of those amputations were preceded by foot ulcers. Controlling blood sugar levels and good foot hygiene are important for preventing diabetic foot ulcers. A 2006 article in the journal Ostomy Wound Management describes an association between high blood sugar levels and the development of diabetic foot ulcers. HbA1c levels should ideally be maintained under 7 percent with a healthy diet low in sugar and regular aerobic exercise.

Most Charcot foot patients had been experiencing nerve damage in their limbs for eight to 10 years before the Charcot problem develops. Initially, in a phase that can last as long as a year, Charcot foot involves fragmentation or destruction of joints and surrounding bones (accompanied by heat and significant, often painless swelling), leading to deformity of the affected foot as the bones shift. The results can be very flat feet that are wider at the arch where they should be narrower and boney prominences on the bottom surfaces of the foot.diabetic foot problems

Â.         DonÂ’t exercise when itÂ’s hot or humid. If itÂ’s humid and above 80° to 85°, jump in a pool or work out in an air-conditioned gym. If you exercise outdoors, do it in the early morning or evening. Slow down; walk instead of jogging or use a cart instead of walking the golf course. Take breaks and quit early. I was curious on a few things for each of the members on here, Now if you arent a diabetic your self that is fine just answer the questions that apply to you, Thanks Felicia

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Posted May 12, 2014 by sharriquadnau in Diabetic Foot