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The gift nobody wants but everybody needs?

By Samuel Kolodney 2 years ago 831 Views No comments

The Gift of Pain.

The gift of pain is what keeps our bodies healthy. Without it we can unknowingly harm ourselves. People with Diabetes are susceptible to losing the gift of pain through a condition called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN), which is a form of nerve damage.

Diabetes is a leading cause of peripheral neuropathy in the United States. The National Institute of Health estimates between 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that can affect sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves and present with varied symptoms.1

One of these symptoms is the Loss of Pain Sensation, which may lead to foot ulceration due to even minor trauma. As many as 25% of people with diabetes develop at least one foot ulcer during their lifetime. Studies also suggest that between 4 and 10 per 1000 people with diabetes will have a lower limb amputation.2

According to the American Diabetes association in 2010, about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes.3

Data collected by Southern California Kaiser Permanente between 2008 and 2011 shows that the rate of lower limb amputations drop as the number of foot exams increase. The difference was significant, which improved from a country wide average of 2.2 amputations per 1000 people to 0.79 amputations per 1000 people for those undergoing regular foot exams.4

What can be done to reduce the incidents of diabetic foot ulcer and amputation?
Medipin diabetic toes test makes it easier, safer, and more convenient than ever to perform monthly self-testing for loss of pain sensation.

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1 Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet

2. Singh N, Armstrong DG, Lipsky BA. “Preventing foot ulcers in patients with diabetes.” JAMA.2005;293:217–28.

3. American Diabetes Association. “Statistics About Diabetes”

4. Lee- Reducing Amputation Rates - HealthConnect Strategies

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