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American Diabetes Month – The Relationship Between Diabetes and Limb Loss

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Posted On: November 18, 2019 by BioAdvance Prosthetic Solutions in: American Diabetes Month, Diabetes, General, Limb Loss, Prosthesis

Diabetes is the number one reason Americans undergo amputation. This disease can cause nerve damage, ulcers, infections and other foot-related ailments that can quickly worsen. Those who have experienced limb loss as a result of diabetes are also at risk of experiencing a second amputation. BioAdvance Prosthetic Solutions is here to help. In honor of American Diabetes Month, we’re going to look at the top three reasons why diabetes causes amputation, and what you can do about it: 1. Damaged blood vessels and nerves If your blood sugar stays at high levels for too long, you run the risk of damaging blood vessels and nerves, especially in your extremities. This leads to a decreased sensation, which means you may not notice at first if you get a cut, sore or a blister on your foot. Foot ulcers are the first event in 85% of major amputations for those living with diabetes. Any one of those can then turn into an infection that isn’t able to heal properly. You can protect

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