There are a host of long term complications associated with having diabetes. Statistics suggest that heart disease is the ultimate killer for diabetics. Diabetes amputation statistics also make for scary reading as well. It is just another reason to take care of your body and manage your diabetes well.
One of the common complications for people with diabetes is peripheral arterial disease which can reduce the flow of blood to the legs and feet, this coupled with any nerve damage in the same region can make it hard to identify problems, including infections which can lead to amputations.
Long term complications are avoidable
Diabetes can have a very negative influence over the body when it has been present for many years. The list of long term complications includes problems with the heart, kidneys, liver, hearing, teeth, eyes, blood pressure, cholesterol and even things such as erectile dysfunction. If left untreated some of these complications can become very dangerous in deed.
The good news is that when it comes to those concerning diabetes amputation statistics out there, most cases are completely avoidable with proper management and awareness of your condition.
Watch for warnings signs
Diabetics should check their feet for abnormalities regularly. Almost all amputations give warning signals very early on. These warning signals include ulcers or abrasions on the lower legs or feet. If you act fast to treat the infected area you will be able to minimise any issues in this area.
Diabetes amputation statistics
Below the knee amputations are the most common form with 71% of amputations happening there. The pleasing news is that amputations have been declining over the past 20 years. In fact, over that period diabetic amputations are down a whopping 50%. However for diabetics over the age of 75 the possibility of amputation continues to increase considerably
Why do diabetics have trouble with their feet?
We all have small blood vessels in our feet and also in our eyes. If you are a diabetic with uncontrolled or high blood glucose levels there can be a severe impact the blood supply to these smaller blood vessels. Dangerous diabetic feet symptoms include any numbness and or pins and needles in the feet and legs or any coldness or burning pains in the feet and legs (especially at night).
How you can prevent problems with your feet?
If you want to avoid any of the complications associated with having diabetes it is vital that you manage your condition and your blood sugar levels as well as possible. With a healthy diet, exercise regime and overall lifestyle you can avoid any of these concerns including leg amputations.
Here are some tips to properly protect and look after your feet and legs –
- Regularly inspect your feet. You are keeping a look out for blisters, cuts or abrasions. Also redness or swelling should be monitored closely.
- Trim your toenails with care. They should be trim and filed so that there are no sharp edges.
- Don’t go barefoot,. If you walk around barefoot you are asking for trouble. You could step on something or cause unneeded damage to your feet.
- Buy shoes that fit properly. Do not buy tight fitting shoes that restrict circulation or ones that will cause blisters. If in doubt buy shoes one size up instead of down.
- Wear clean and dry socks every day. Cotton socks are ideal. They should be washed and dried before wearing them. Nylon socks are not ideal for a diabetic to wear, neither are socks with tight elastic that restricts circulation. There are specifically designed socks for diabetics that are available from most chemists.
- Wash and dry your feet every day. You may wish to use a pumice stone to remove hardened / dead skin. Dry between your toes and use talcum powder if need be. A moisturising cream may be a good idea to apply to your feet before bed.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking restricts circulation in the body. This can be a double whammy if you are already having problems with circulation in the smaller vessels in the feet. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor. If I quit, you can to. I went cold turkey; I seized the opportunity after I became ill and didn’t feel like a cigarette for a week or so.
- Go for regular check-ups with your doctor. You can even book in for an appointment at the podiatrist who specialises in foot problems. This way you are covering all of your bases.
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Protecting your feet is an important job that all diabetics have in their lifetime. With proper precautions any and all complications associated with having diabetes can be avoided. It all starts with proper attention to your lifestyle and your blood sugar levels. Be aware of the warning signs and take care of your feet. For additional information on diabetic foot problems please see this post.
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