The Diabetic Foot

If a doctor has ever said you had an elevated blood sugar level -- even just once when you were pregnant -- you are at risk for diabetes. About 25 million people have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. Nervous system impairment (neuropathy) is a major complication that may cause you to lose feeling in your feet or hands. This means you won't know right away if you hurt yourself. The problem affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes.

Foot problems are a big risk. All people with diabetes should monitor their feet. If you don't, the consequences can be severe, including amputation.

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