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Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Here's how to prevent deformities and gangrene in your feet…

by , 27 April 2014

If you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, one of the complications of diabetes you should know about is the risk of developing gangrene and deformities in the feet.

This happens as result of the excess glucose in the blood that leads to nerve damage and poor circulation to the extreme parts of your body, like your feet. Here's what else you should know…


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Incorporate these steps to protect your feet as part of your management of diabetes

Unfortunately, watching what you eat isn’t all you have to worry about. Gangrene and foot deformities are common diabetes symptoms when the disease isn’t well managed. Take these steps to protect your feet:
  1. Inspect your feet daily and treat any sores immediately. When the nerves in your feet become damaged, they delay or even stop sending signals to the brain. As a result, you lose feeling in your feet. This is problematic because you may injure your feet without feeling it. You could, for example, get a blister on your feet from your shoes, or you could cut the sole of your foot on something shape and not feel it.
  2. Keep your blood sugar under control at all times. If you do get a sore on your feet, they can become infected. And if your blood sugar is high, it will feed the sore, making the infection worse.
  3. Exercise to improve blood flow. To stimulate blood flow to your body’s extremities, exercise daily. Poor blood flow makes it difficult for sores to heal. And if an infection doesn’t heal, it can cause gangrene which may require amputation.
  4. Don’t smoke. Smoking hardens your arteries which impedes blood flow even further.  
  5. Wear well-fitting shoes all the time. Don’t walk around barefoot as this increases your risk of injury. And, wear comfortable fitting shoes to prevent deformities in your feet.  

If you have:

•           Stubborn excess weight that hangs over your belt no matter what you do,
•           Urgent cravings for sweets, chocolates, chips...
•           And mood swings that often ruin your day 
You could need some help balancing your blood sugar levels.

Treating your diabetes will go a long way to protecting your feet

If you pay special attention to controlling your diabetes and take these steps above, you could prevent complications in your feet, including gangrene and foot deformities. You can read more about treating your diabetes naturally here. You can also sign up to the Defeating Diabetes Naturally Programme here.

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