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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get diabetic ulcers?

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Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care
9 doctors agree

In brief: Diabetic ulcers

Despite doing the best you possibly can, you have developed diabetic ulcers.
I'm sorry about that. Studies have shown that the symptoms of the underlying vascular and neurological pathologies quite often precede the onset of diabetes. This indicates that diabetes is a disease that progresses at a rate that is independent of our attempt to control diet, weight, and physical condition.

In brief: Diabetic ulcers

Despite doing the best you possibly can, you have developed diabetic ulcers.
I'm sorry about that. Studies have shown that the symptoms of the underlying vascular and neurological pathologies quite often precede the onset of diabetes. This indicates that diabetes is a disease that progresses at a rate that is independent of our attempt to control diet, weight, and physical condition.
Dr. David Wishnew
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Nerve damage

Tight control of blood sugar is the single most important way to minimize the complications of diabetes.
The other lifestyle issues, diet, exercise and avoiding tobacco are also excellent methods of assuring optimal health. However, diabetes is a complex disease that effects each individual differently and with varying severity. You most likely have a higher tendency for neuropathy & poor healing.

In brief: Nerve damage

Tight control of blood sugar is the single most important way to minimize the complications of diabetes.
The other lifestyle issues, diet, exercise and avoiding tobacco are also excellent methods of assuring optimal health. However, diabetes is a complex disease that effects each individual differently and with varying severity. You most likely have a higher tendency for neuropathy & poor healing.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
6 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple factors

The most common risk factors for ulcer formation include diabetic neuropathy, structural foot deformity, trauma and peripheral arterial occlusive disease.
Any calluses are signs of increased pressure (usually associated with a deformity) so you have to check your feet regularly for any calluses especially given your history of exercising.

In brief: Multiple factors

The most common risk factors for ulcer formation include diabetic neuropathy, structural foot deformity, trauma and peripheral arterial occlusive disease.
Any calluses are signs of increased pressure (usually associated with a deformity) so you have to check your feet regularly for any calluses especially given your history of exercising.
Dr. Khurram Khan
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
5 doctors agree

In brief: Bad disease

Control blood sugar with help of endocrinologist.
No smoking. Podiatrist for foot care. Have pad treated with stents or surgery if needed.

In brief: Bad disease

Control blood sugar with help of endocrinologist.
No smoking. Podiatrist for foot care. Have pad treated with stents or surgery if needed.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Diabetes....

You are doing some things well, but if your sugars are not well controlled (at least less than 120 all the time), then the elevated sugar levels seen in diabetes will cause problems with circulation, wound healing, and infection fighting ability.
These problems lead to diabetic ulcers. Make sure your pcp is aware to ensure appropriate treatment.

In brief: Diabetes....

You are doing some things well, but if your sugars are not well controlled (at least less than 120 all the time), then the elevated sugar levels seen in diabetes will cause problems with circulation, wound healing, and infection fighting ability.
These problems lead to diabetic ulcers. Make sure your pcp is aware to ensure appropriate treatment.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Family history?

If you are not overweight you may have strong tendency to diabetes.
Is daibetes under good control?

In brief: Family history?

If you are not overweight you may have strong tendency to diabetes.
Is daibetes under good control?
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: MMP

Diabetics has high expression of mmp's - destructive enzymes.
Mmp's is the way cancer spreads. The things that stop mmp's are zinc, calcium, vitamin k2. Check http://vitamink2.Org - calcium can lead to kidney problems - make sure to take vitamin d3 with k2 to improve calcium instead. D3 cannot absorb if pancreas or gall bladder is not working. Take Niacin to lower lipoprotein a and LDL levels.

In brief: MMP

Diabetics has high expression of mmp's - destructive enzymes.
Mmp's is the way cancer spreads. The things that stop mmp's are zinc, calcium, vitamin k2. Check http://vitamink2.Org - calcium can lead to kidney problems - make sure to take vitamin d3 with k2 to improve calcium instead. D3 cannot absorb if pancreas or gall bladder is not working. Take Niacin to lower lipoprotein a and LDL levels.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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