Most people know that people with Diabetes are prone to foot and leg problems, such as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and Peripheral Neuropathy. Here are some ways to prevent and treat these conditions.
#1 Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). People with Diabetes are at a higher risk for this “hardening of the arteries” disease that causes decreased oxygen to the lower legs and feet. If it is not addressed, the lack of oxygen can result in ulcers and even gangrene which is the death of the tissue. The best way to prevent this from happening is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as:
- Keep your blood sugar in good control.
- Quit smoking
- Exercise regularly. Aim for 30 minutes at least three times a week after you’ve gotten your doctor’s OK.
- Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, if applicable.
- Eat foods that are low in saturated fat.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Stay Informed. Stay Healthy!(Source: WebMD)
#2 Peripheral neuropathy. People with Diabetes are susceptible to this disease that causes decreased sensation to the legs and feet. Muscles in the feet and calves can become stressed, and even misaligned, if they are not used properly. Treatment is dependent on the extent of the nerve damage. Some damage can actually be reversed by vitamin therapy. Some forms can be deterred by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. From a nutritious diet and exercise to abstaining from alcohol can help stop nerve damage. In some cases, surgery may be an option.