Diabetic Foot Care
Sugar Is Not Your Friend
Does this sound familiar? Every day you must watch what you eat. Exercising isn’t a simply nice idea—it’s a necessity to improve your overall health. Your medications help, but you still must check your blood regularly to be sure you’re staying on target. For many people, this is reality. If you or someone you care about have been diagnosed with diabetes, you already know how it takes control of your life. Even your lowest limbs are in danger of life-threatening complications.
Bad News for the Lower Limbs
Diabetes puts your feet at high risk for painful and permanent complications from elevated and fluctuating blood sugar levels. This occurs because the disease affects how your body uses sugars in your blood, called glucose. Diabetes poses a serious health problem for your lower limbs. As fluctuating blood sugar levels damage nerves, impair circulation, and weaken tissues –you develop a higher risk for injuries and issues like ulcers, while losing your ability to heal those conditions efficiently.
It’s possible your body is unable to manufacture insulin, the hormone that allows you to absorb and use sugar, or your body isn’t able to process the insulin properly. Instead of the sugar absorbing into your cells where it can be used for energy, it stays in the blood stream, damaging the vessels, organs, and other tissues.