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Managing Diabetes to Prevent Limb Loss: Indications and Solutions.

Foot analysis

Diabetes-related amputations are a significant issue in India, where over 77 million people are affected by the disease, making the country the diabetes capital of the world. According to the World Health Organization, individuals with diabetes are ten times more likely to undergo lower-extremity amputations compared to those without diabetes. If you have diabetes, you must know the risks and take proactive steps to manage your health.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that directly impacts how your body converts food into energy. Typically, your body breaks down most of the food you consume into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream. Elevated blood sugar levels signal your pancreas to release insulin, critical to allowing blood sugar into your body’s cells for energy use.

In diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t use it effectively. This leads to an excess of blood glucose in your bloodstream, which, over time, can result in complications such as nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy) and circulation problems (peripheral artery disease).

Recognizing Symptoms - If you notice any of the following symptoms, consult your doctor:

  • Increased thirst and urination

  • Fatigue

  • Blurred vision

  • Unexpected weight loss

  • Increased hunger

  • Slow-healing sores and frequent infections

  • Red, swollen gums

  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet

Early detection & treatment of these symptoms can help prevent complications and promote better health.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Peripheral Artery Disease

Steps to Improve Health

Diabetes and Amputations

Prosthetic Care




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