Diabetes Forecast

Intensive Glucose Management Helps Prevent Amputations


Many people with diabetes experience pain, numbness, and tingling in their feet, all symptoms of nerve damage, a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Experts reviewed nearly 200 studies involving thousands of people with diabetes, examining their treatment regimens. They found that intensive blood glucose management seems to prevent amputations. The downside: There was no effect on foot ulcers. However, specific types of footwear, home monitoring of foot skin temperature, and certain surgeries can prevent foot ulcers. Better still, remember to inspect your feet daily for early warning signs of ulcers so you can seek treatment.
Source: Neurology, published online March 24, 2017



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