Headline News: Amputation Rate Much Lower in Adults Who Have Diabetes!

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-03-17 15:38:58 -0500
Started 2012-03-15 19:07:48 -0500

This is an encouraging and upbeat discussion of how with greater ability to reduce/manage our blood glucose levels, the rate of amputations in adults has decreased dramatically.

My nephew-in-law diet after repeated amputations of a few more inches of toes, feet, leg, until they could not amputate more and the gangrene took his life so this one hit close to home for me. We lost a great guy and early (medically) retired police officer when he died.

See the one page link for details of this interesting and encouraging story.

6 replies

GabbyPA 2012-03-17 05:26:59 -0500 Report

I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. That has to be so hard to watch. I am encouraged though about the fact that there are less amputations. I can't wait for the day when no one will use amputation as a "threat" to get numbers in control.

Caroltoo 2012-03-17 15:38:58 -0500 Report

Thanks, Gabby, it was so difficult for his wife who would email me an update and be so enthusiastic, then find a few weeks later that the gangrene was still there and spreading again. Losing Ron to diabetes induced gangrene made it really hard for her to accept my diagnosis. Thankfully, it has taken a totally different path.

DeanaG 2012-03-16 07:56:55 -0500 Report

That is very encouraging news!!
I watched Diabetes take my Dad's leg, among other things.

Caroltoo 2012-03-16 11:58:34 -0500 Report

Sorry, Deana, that must have been really hard for you. Yes, I find news like this really encouraging. Awareness and new treatment options may save ourselves and others.

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