- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Diabetes and Limb Loss
Don't lose your body's limbs to amputation
The main reason people with diabetes lose limbs is by poor diet control and disease management. Diabetes affects every organ of the body. Without exercise and medication, diabetes can damage the eyes, heart kidneys and the circulatory system. Poor circulation can lead to devastating amputations.
Many amputations can be blamed on poor diet and little or no exercise. Any or all of these can lead to kidney disease, blindness, and poor circulation throughout the body. If you have diabetes, it is your responsibility to keep tabs on warning signs in the feet. Doctors do a good job at checking the heart, but the don't always look at a diabetics feet.
Foot problems, such as coldness, numbness, tingling, or ingrown toenails are causes for close examination. When blood doesn't move throughout blood vessels, the body tissue dies. This can result in foot ulcers, dead nerves, infections, and even gangrene. When a persons limb is amputated, a person's mobility is lost, and usually the person's lifespan is shortened by 18 months.
The numbers of people with diabetes has doubled during the last 10 years. Diabetes is not some mild disease; it produces major implications on the quality of life. People with diabetes most likely will develop:
Eye disease (cataracts, blindness, and others)
Vascular disease (poor circulation to hands and feet, and stroke)
Loss of nerve sensations (neuropathology)
Diabetes is harmful and it will cut your life short! On average, people with diabetes lose 12 to 14 years of their lives.
The quality of a diabetics life can deteriorate rapidly through blindness, loss of limbs, heart disease, kidney failure, stroke and more. Diabetes subtracts from the years of life expectancy, and decreases the quality of those years. Scientists call this “quality-adjusted years.” Men can expect to lose an average of 19 quality-adjusted years, while women lose around 22 years. It seems, to me, that erasing 20 years from a life is significant.
Depression and Type 2 Diabetes”
Additionally, recently the John Hopkins University released information that verifies depression and diabetes go hand-in-hand. Depression causes Type 2 diabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes can cause depression. Why?
Research suggests people with Type 2 diabetes live life avoiding exercise, smoking, over eating, or gain excess weight. Type 2 diabetes also includes serious emotional issues, and those affected seem to have personality disorders.
Still, however, many people with diabetes resist help. People know the risks associated with poor blood circulation caused by diabetes, and about potential loss of limbs, but refuse to alter their diets or lifestyles. This might be due to denial, but it could be because of a life-long pattern of self-destructive living choices.
Kidney disease can cause kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease. Maintaining blood pressure and blood glucose control is key. Protein in the urine can be the first sign of nephropathy.
Diabetic nephropathy does not usually have any symptoms until the kidneys are damaged severely. As the condition progresses, diabetics can experience:
Swelling of the feet and ankles
Pain, tingling sensations, or weakness
Loss of appetite
Periodic upset stomach
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
Gum disease (gingivitis) is another serious disorder that diabetes creates. Periodontal disease weakens the gums, and they can no longer support the teeth.
Eye disorders are more frequent in people who have diabetes, such as glaucoma, retinopathy, macular degeneration and cataracts. Blurred vision, vision loss, black spots, cobwebs or flashing lights are warning signs of eye trouble. People that fail to control their diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy, which is the leading cause of blindness.
Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, makes it difficult or impossible to get or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Men with diabetes are twice as likely to be impotent as men without diabetes.
Seven Deadly Foods:
Many foods add to diabetics problems, and continued consumption of certain foods can be certain ways to die younger.
Foods a diabetic should avoid are:
Potato Chips and French Fries
Sausage and Hot Dogs
Smoked, Barbecued, or Pickled meat
Foods that are high in saturated fat and trans fat are associated with high cancer rates. Cheese and butter contain more than ten times as much saturated fat as fish and white meat of poultry. Salt is linked to stomach cancer and stroke, even in low saturated fat diets. Doughnuts and French fries that are cooked in exceptionally hot oil, produces a cancer potion by combining carcinogens and carbohydrates.
It Doesn't Need To Be This Way!
Diabetes is preventable and controllable. But, only if you are willing to follow dietary advice and guidelines can prevent suffering from blindness, stroke, or limb amputation.
Avoid sugar in all its forms: Soda, Cookies, and Candies
Eat a diet at or below the glycemic index
Find ways to deal with your sugar addiction
Exercise: walking is great