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Explain Why People With Poorly Controlled Diabetes Are At Risk For Amputation
Infection and PVD: Uncobtrolled diabetes can lead to increasing numbers of infections and sores on the feet. Diabetes also causes the arteries that give blood to the feet, to become illed with plaque, leading to decreased circulation to heal ores or ulcers on the feet which can lead to amputation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Overall health: Diabetes is a very complicated disease. It is a multi organ condition that could affect some. Amputation is caused by poor circulation, bad infection/bone infections, severe deformity known as charcot joint deformities. The other system that could get affected is the nerves of your feet (protective sensation). All or some of these can cause a higher amputation rate all caused by poor control ...Read more
I believe I've had bad circulation in legs and feet since I was a child, would developing diabetes on top of that make amputation likely?
Definite risk factor: Diabetes is a definite risk factor for peripheral vascular disease, so there's no question that your lifetime risk for amputation will go up, with diabetes. As for whether it's "likely" or not, I'm not sure. Definitely depends on your overall health and your diabetes care. ...Read more
I'm healthy but don't exercise much, i'm 21. I don't have diabetes/major problems. Could you need an amputation for not exercising? I exercise now.
Don't smoke: Pvd risks including diabetes (due most commonly from obesity), hypertension, hyperlipidemia ( high serum cholesterol), and tobacco. The worst offender/promoter of vascular disease in general is tobacco. Eat a mediterranean diet, avoid tobacco, & remain lean & you'll avoid complications of vascular disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncommon: As improvement in diabetes management has occurred, the incidence of amputations has decreased. With good diabetes control, control of hypertension and cholesterol, the chance of needling amputation is very low. Smoking is a major risk factor with diabetes, and is the most important thing to avoid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascular problems DM: Advanced diabetes leads to vascular issues that lead to tissue compromise starting at the distal extremities. When its bad enough, amputations start. The lesson is to control your diabetes as best possible and avoid any other risk factors for atherosclerosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a physician : While a diabetic patient is more at risk for amputation than a non-diabetic, there are some general things you can do to reduce the risk. Check your feet daily for any wounds, sores, blisters or irritation and have your feet examined on an at least annual basis by a physician. Have on your healthcare team a pcp, an endocrinologist if your diabetes requires it, a foot specialist and eye specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Diabetes is an important risk factor for amputations. These most commonly are required for problems (gangrene, infection) that develop in the toes and feet. Such problems can develop in the fingers and hand but are far less common than in the lower extremities. Good control of blood sugar and preventative foot care are very important ways of lowering the risk of amputation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a cut on the underside of pinky toe at bend approximately 1/4 inch deep. Have type 1 diabetes and partial toe amputation on opposite foot.
How long does it take for the kidneys to fail? Patient has stage IV lung cancer, diabetes, and his right leg was just amputated.
It depends: Decreasing urine output and increasing blood creatinine levels are signs of worsening kidney function. If creatinine is close to 4, hemodialysis may be considered. Be candid with your doctor and have a serial bun, creatinine blood test. If the urine output is still good and there are no signs of heart failure or lung congestion, maintainance of adequate water intake will delay the progression. ...Read more
75 y.O. Woman just had toe amputated due to diabetes. Surgical wound not healing after three weeks. Can herbal supplements promote skin growth?
If u have diabetes is it dangerous to also have poor circulation in feet whilst also having mild nerve pain in legs and arm..is amputation likely?
Not good combination: Think of too much sugar in your blood like maple syrup. Your blood wouldn't flow through veins and arteries as well as it should. The sugar in your blood can cause smaller blood vessels to get clogged and reduce oxygen and nutrient supply to affected areas especially small nerve endings in hands and feet. Poor circulation would only compound this problem. Tissue without oxygen will die off. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Post-op Pain: It is common to have post operative incisional pain which is worst immediately after surgery and subsides over several weeks. Pain medication helps to manage this. Phantom pain is perceived pain in the amputated limb. People at risk for this had a lot of pain in their limb prior to the amputation. This could last for months/years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How successful is an arm amputation re-connection surgery, such as if you get into a bad accident?
Low: For a major limb replantation to be successful, the limb needs to be reconnected within 6 hours before significant muscle death occurs. Even then, ultimate function will depend on nerve recovery, which may be limited based on age of the patient, smoking status, and other medical problems the patient may have. ...Read more
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