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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you get a diabetic foot amputation from cheating everyday?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care 20 years experience
Yes: Diabetics lifetime risk of 15-20% of developing a foot ulcer and of those 15-20% will go on to amputations. Those % are going to increase to 25% in the next few years. Multiple risk factors lead to ulcers and amputation, and high blood sugars is one of them. High blood sugars leads to neuropathy, poor circulation and foot deformities among other things. Keeping your sugars under control is key.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Yes.: Do not cheat yourself.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Cheating on what?: Cheating on what? Your diet? Your blood sugar levels? Maintaining low, level blood sugar levels will keep your nerves healthy and functioning, and will ensure you have your optimal healing potential. Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to neuropathy, ulceration, infection, or amputation.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I avoid a foot amputation if I am diabetic?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Diabetic Foot Care: The best way to avoid diabetic foot ulcers is to keep your blood glucose under control. Also, your pcp should perform a diabetic foot exam using a monofilament to check your foot sensation. You may also want to have diabetic foot care performed by a podiatrist.

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