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Posted by RenB on December 19, 2008 – 7:57 pm

Does anyone know anything about diabetes, and how to save a foot?

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  1. 1. Anntichrist S. Coulter Said:

    What the fuck did Peter do now?


    That’s all that I know about diabetes or gangrene. I know that taking cinnamon capsules helps the pre-diabetic body metabolize sugar better, which is why I take ’em, ’cause I don’t ever wanna BE diabetic, but I don’t know dick about diabetes or taking care of it, or what to do when a limb starts to die.

    Has he tried to move it around more, to keep the circulation functioning? I know that some doctors actually use maggots, to suck blood into dying tissue, in hopes of preventing tissue death, but I dunno if anybody in Austria practices that. But it has worked, especially in cases of amputated/severed limbs that can be reattached.

    Sorry, baby, that’s all I got. Maggots. Cayenne or other peppers might draw blood to the area, but they’d probably also cause inflammation, and with infections like that, you don’t need more of the same. Keep us updated, wouldjaplease?

  2. 2. The tECHIDNA Said:

    Diabetes on both sides of my family; trying as fucking hard as I can not to fall under that same fate.

    IANAD; this is not medical advice.
    With the legalese out of the way:

    Hospital. Now.

  3. 3. CC McGoon Said:

    Gotta third the advice to get to a doctor asap. I have several friends and family members who are diabetic and have yet to hear any of them talk about any home remedies being helpful. Regular doctor visits, medication, and a strict diet seem to be the only things that can keep it under control.

  4. 4. Terrible Said:

    There is a lot to be said for using a trained professional in some things. I gotta go with a doctor on this one too!

  5. 5. lokywoky Said:

    Hey Renb, if the foot is already gangrenous, to the hospital pronto!

    If it is just a pressure sore (see doc to make sure!) a dry sugar bandage changed only once per day and relieve any and all pressure on the area by propping on pillows with affected part not touching anything.

    But make sure that gangrene has not set in FIRST!!!

    If it has, the doc needs to debride (remove dead, rotten tissue) first. Then proceed to the above. Examine daily including smell test to make sure that nothing is going on.

    Good luck!

  6. 6. lokywoky Said:

    Caring for diabetes. If the ‘patient’ is not already – get them switched to insulin rather than the pills. Make sure to ask for training on how to use sliding scale insulin to manage blood sugars. I know everybody hates shots but if its a choice between no feet and some really not-painful shots I’ll take the shots (I do – since I am diabetic – went to insulin and skipped the pills – and my A1C hovers around 5.8 – the patient will know what that means)

    Get some exercise, even if it’s only a little walk for 15-20 minutes per day. Don’t walk so fast that you cannot talk – but do try to go fast enough to increase the breathing rate a little bit. If they can’t walk – find one of those little pedal thingys and pedal while seated. Use a couple of cans of food as weights to work the arms out while you are doing this.

    Watch diet – reduce the amount of ‘white stuff’ (sugar, white flour, rice) Trade for brown versions of these but take it easy. Eat lots of vegetables, not too much fruit, and really good quality proteins (fish, chicken, bison, venison if you can get it) Try to get organic or grass-fed beef if you must have that.

    Have a salad for breakfast – another one with your lunch, and two or three different vegetables for dinner.

    After you eat like this for a while, it does get easier.

    And go see your doctor for an A1C test every three months without fail. Get it as close to 6.0 or below as you can.

    Hope this helps!

  7. 7. SeattleTammy Said:

    I don’t know Ren, but go to a Doctor!

    I hope there is a (happy) ending to this story.

    Hugs for strength!

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