Diabetic Amputation



Diabetes, Diabetic Amputation and Treatments

What about amputation and diabetes. In the United States in excess of 90% of amputations are complications of diabetes. 60 to 80 percent of these involve the legs. 65,000 of these are done per year. One of the more common amputations is diabetic foot amputation.

If you are a diabetic who has lost a body part due to amputation nothing I can say will make up for that. I regret your loss.

Avoiding problems that lead to amputation:

Trim fingernails and toenails carefully.

Check your feet and hands.
If you have neuropathy in a your feet or hands you may not feel an injury. You need to wash and inspect them often for any problems like cuts, blisters or sores. If your sugars are not well controlled, you might develop a diabetic ulcer or have trouble healing.

Controlling blood sugar levels and exercising are the best ways to avoid this problem.

Causes of Diabetic Amputation:

• Small cut or scrape leads to an infection or ulcer.

• Damaged blood vessels may not be clearing poisons from area.

Why Amputation?

• Wound or ulcer doesn’t heal and may get gangrene. Surgeon removes the bad area to save the areas not infected and patients life.

Ignorance of Alternatives by Doctors.

Amputation Aftereffects

• Rehab from amputation is a long and demanding process.

• Amputees with prosthetics will be more likely to fall and suffer other injuries.

• The survival rate for all lower extremity amputations, after 5 years, is less than 50%. For diabetics it is less than 40%

• Most amputees will need psychological counseling as well.

Are there alternatives to amputation. It seems, not that many in the United States of America other than drugs. In Japan and Korea some doctors and hospitals have been more willing to try alternatives to keep peoples limbs.

Alternatives to diabetic amputation:

U.S.A. Currently mainly drugs.
There are new U.S. treatments:
Cool Laser Revascularization for Peripheral Artery Therapy, or CLiRpath. Their web site is www.clirpath.com
There is also treatment in a full body hyperbaric chamber. A costly treatment that has a patient breathing pressurized oxygen at home or in a hospital. There is also the option of encasing and sealing the wounded area in a plexiglass chamber and delivering hyperbolic oxygen directly to the wound. The web site for this is www.topoxny.com

Unknown:
A company called Mr. Oxygen in New Zealand claims that their oxygen capsules can help diabetics get more oxygen to cells to avoid amputations. I have no idea if this is true.

Asian countries:
Treatment with ionized water. Here the diabetic’s affected part will be bathed with 2.5% acid ionized water to cleanse the wound and kill infection. They will also drink ionized alkaline water to help alkalize the body inwardly. The alkalized water units claim to provide more oxygen to the cells.

This video will illustrate the Asian
Ionized Water Treatment of Diabetes.

You may also want to explore our page on Alkaline Water Machines.

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