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Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb or foot die within 15 yrs.?

Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb or foot die within 15 yrs.?

Vascular disease: Limb loss in diabetes is often from a combination of nerve damage, which causes numbness, ulcerations, or deformities; and vascular disease with impaired blood flow to the lower legs. The vascular disease is usually not limited to the legs, it is a total body problem. We see higher rates of heart attack and stroke in this group. There is more kidney disease as well. All of these reduce longevity. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb to gangrene die within a few years?

Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb to gangrene die within a few years?

Poor control: Diabetes produces accelerated peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy, in addition to kidney failure as end stages of prolonged and inadequately managed disease. When it gets to the stage where it produces such changes, loss of a limb is only one manifestation of the state of your body with long-standing diabetes. ...Read more

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Im afraid i might have diabetes due to this tinglin in my left foot will o die frm this?

Im afraid i might have diabetes due to this tinglin in my left foot will o die frm this?

Possible neuropathy: Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. Neuropathy may affect your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and the heart. For some people, the symptoms are mild; for others, it can be painful and disabling. ...Read more

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Diabetes can overweight people get a prosthetic limb?

Diabetes can overweight people get a prosthetic limb?

Yes: Poor blood flow can cause severe damage to a limb, typically the leg/foot/ankle and in some causes result in a chronic and severe infection leading to the need for amputation and a prosthetic limb. ...Read more

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I've experienced dysesthesias that come and go in upper limb and an overactive bladder. Not diabetes. What else could it be? Ms?

I've experienced dysesthesias that come and go in upper limb and an overactive bladder. Not diabetes. What else could it be? Ms?

Possible: MS would be included in one of the many possible diagnoses with these symptoms. Make sure you see your doctor and especially maybe a neurologist at some point. ...Read more

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I am a 40yr old woman with type1 diabetes.i am having signs of a mini stroke. I have trouble speaking, not remember things and limb weakness.i need he?

I am a 40yr old woman with type1 diabetes.i am having signs of a mini stroke. I have trouble speaking, not remember things and limb weakness.i need he?

Call 911; chew aspir: A stroke is an emergency, can be halted or reversed if treated within the 1st minutes or hours. The earlier treated, the higher the chance of a favorable outcome. Call 911 to get rapid help, then chew and swallow a full-size aspirin. Exceptions to taking an aspirin would be persons on aspirin, those taking coumadin (warfarin) or a NOAC (new oral anticoagulant), or those with very high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used to supplement normal diabetes management to protect limb health?

Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used to supplement normal diabetes management to protect limb health?

Hyperbaric oxygen: There is no evidence that hyperbaric oxygen treatment can improve limb health unless there is a more specific indication to use this treatment. There are 13 indications for hyperbaric oxygen treatments approved for payment by medicare. ...Read more

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Is it possible that hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used to supplement normal diabetes management to ensure good limb health?

Normal healthy limb: Hbot to prevent deterioration is not an indication for hbot (fda). I am not aware of studies covering preemptive use of hbot as is described in this scenario. ...Read more

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