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Wed Mar 13 15:39:32 EDT 2013

Can i lose my foot because of diabetes?
Asked By: mary_joe  

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Expert Answers (1)
2013-03-13 21:56:12.0

well mary_joe, you haven't provided a lot of information, but the answer to your question is - yes you could loose your foot due to your diabetes. uncontrolled diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations, and there are several ways that this can happen. first, high blood sugar can cause damage to the nerves in your feet which can cause numbness and increase the risk of injury. second, high blood sugar can damage the vessels that supply blood to your feet, and that can make increase the risk of infection due to injury. third, elevated blood sugar makes it harder for your body to fight off infections. so all of those factors together could lead to the loss of a foot. the good news is that I did say 'uncontrolled diabetes' can lead to these problems. so the best way to avoid loosing a foot to diabetes is to work with your health care team to control your blood sugars. also, you should inspect your feet every day to look for cuts, blisters, sores, etc and see your doctor right away if you notice anything that looks suspicious. you should also have your feet checked by your doctor every time you go to see him/her, and maybe look into seeing a podiatrist (a doctor who specializes in foot care), if you are having any problems. thanks for asking dlife, and i hope this information helps
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Community Answers (3)
2013-04-17 14:40:15.0

Teens often exercise independence and may use diabetes to undermine parental authority.

It is hard to step back and tell your son that diabetes is his responsibility. He might listen to a respected adult (coach, scout leader or teacher) with diabetes. Or another teen in his diabetes support group.

Read how one parent copes!

Use positive reinforcement. Telling him that you appreciate his efforts and that he did a great job tend to be more motivating than complaining when he does not. Remind him that good control helps him feel well, maintain normal growth and participate in his favorite activities.

Take care.

Answered By: khaled

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2013-04-17 14:38:01.0

Teens often exercise independence and may use diabetes to undermine parental authority.

It is hard to step back and tell your son that diabetes is his responsibility. He might listen to a respected adult (coach, scout leader or teacher) with diabetes. Or another teen in his diabetes support group.

Read how one parent copes!

Use positive reinforcement. Telling him that you appreciate his efforts and that he did a great job tend to be more motivating than complaining when he does not. Remind him that good control helps him feel well, maintain normal growth and participate in his favorite activities.

Take care.

Answered By: mary_joe

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2013-04-17 14:36:28.0

Teens often exercise independence and may use diabetes to undermine parental authority.

It is hard to step back and tell your son that diabetes is his responsibility. He might listen to a respected adult (coach, scout leader or teacher) with diabetes. Or another teen in his diabetes support group.

Read how one parent copes!

Use positive reinforcement. Telling him that you appreciate his efforts and that he did a great job tend to be more motivating than complaining when he does not. Remind him that good control helps him feel well, maintain normal growth and participate in his favorite activities.

Take care.

Answered By: khaled

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