Disability Specific: Prevention of Amputation or Limb Differences
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National Diabetes Education Program: Be Sweet to Your Feet offers education information for people with diabetes and health education, and business professionals. The National Hospital Discharge Survey data for 1994 indicates that 67,000 people with diabetes underwent one or more lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the leading cause of amputation of the lower limbs. Yet it is clear that as many as half of these amputations might be prevented through simple but effective foot care practices. The 1993 landmark study, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, conclusively showed that keeping blood glucose as close to normal as possible significantly slows the onset and progression of nerve and vascular complications associated with diabetes. This site has many educational resources for people with diabetes to prevent amputation.
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