Those of us with PCOS are especially vulnerable to the development of diabetes. And this latter condition means you are 15 times more likely to be forced to have a lower limb, like a foot, amputated than people who don’t have diabetes.
The bad news doesn’t end there, either. Research has shown that 70% of people die within five years of having a limb amputated.
These shocking statistics seem even worse when you realize that better management of PCOS symptoms via a healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent the onset of diabetes. Even if diabetes develops, people are able to increase their chances of avoiding amputation if only they spent time examining themselves for sores, ulcers and abrasions.
The reason for the vulnerability to amputation is due to the damage that diabetes causes to nerves and blood vessels. This often curtails the warning signs of pain and misleads people into thinking nothing is wrong until serious infection sets in and amputation becomes necessary.
However, early detection and responding to medical advice can result in the right care, leading to prevention of the need for amputation. Constant vigilance is vital, however, so start today if you suffer from diabetes but haven’t already embarked on this course of self-inspection.
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