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Posted by
madeline [6008.74] on June 28, 2006 at 11:23:29:

My aunt has diabetes, she takes insulin.Well she has a cut on her leg for months now and it hasn't healed.She is very bad with the diabetes.. She eats cakes and candy constantly.Anyway the doctor said that if the cut hasn't healed by the end of the month he has to amputate (mispelled sry) her leg, b/c she will develop gangreen(again sry). Is this true? He said b/c of the diabetes making her immune system lower he body can't fight off the cut to heal and it will adventually die the leg. Is this true?



Re: another post... my aunt with diabetes

Posted by ANN [1003.516] on June 28, 2006 at 12:21:59:

In Reply to: another post... my aunt with diabetes posted by madeline [6008.74] on June 28, 2006 at 11:23:29:

high blood sugar DOES interfere with healing. Applications of big globs of bacitracin ointment can help draw infection out of a wound. Soaking in salt water can help. One thing the Army trains battlefield medics to do is put wounds under running water for 15 minutes 3 times a day. I've tried it on dogs with major wounds and it works great to heal the wound.
The notion of amputating because someone MAY develop gangrene sounds ridiculous, and I'd look for a second opinion.
There are some MDs now having success preventing amputation through use of maggot therapy and through use of hyperbaric chambers. Since she doesn't have gangrene yet and this isn't an emergency, she definitely needs to see another doctor.
Also, if she is overweight and insulin resistent, there are diabetes drugs besides insulin that she should be taking to better control her blood sugar. Some diabetes pills actual lower blood sugar. Other diabetes pills reduce insulin resistance. If her doctor hasn't tried her on different medication regimes, she needs a different doctor.
You didn't mention if she smokes. Avoiding smoking can also help prevent amputation.



Re: another post... my aunt with diabetes

Posted by
madeline [6008.74] on June 28, 2006 at 12:29:14:

In Reply to: Re: another post... my aunt with diabetes posted by ANN [1003.516] on June 28, 2006 at 12:21:59:

No she don't smoke, never did. And she is overweight. She is a nasty person. she don't listen to anyone, we try to help, shes stubborn and insenitive. Like she'll never die.. she'll probably live until she's 100. lol shes so misereble. My granpa tries so much but she resists. I feel so bad and wish I could help. I will tell her she should go for another opinion. thanks !!



Re: another post... my aunt with diabetes

Posted by Ron [1013.2318] on June 29, 2006 at 00:40:03:

In Reply to: Re: another post... my aunt with diabetes posted by madeline [6008.74] on June 28, 2006 at 12:29:14:

Hi Madeline,

Sounds like she needs a live-in nanny/cook for a few weeks to control what she is eating.

A thorough cleaning out of all refined carbs from her
cupboards and fridge would be a start...
Then some cooking lessons on how to prepare and eat UNrefined carbs would be a start.
If nothing is done, she will be in a wheelchair in a matter of months. Of course, then you can go shopping for her when it is too late.

Eating fewer calories and more fiber along with proteins is the way to get through this.
It won't be easy.. Does she seem to want to die?

Get rid of the bread, cookies, crackers, bagels, pasta
and white rice.. Also, no fruit drinks, pop (except diet pop)
Here are some receipe ideas.
http://www.drmirkin.com/recipes/recipeListType.html

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Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on June 29, 2006 at 08:29:11:

In Reply to: another post... my aunt with diabetes posted by madeline [6008.74] on June 28, 2006 at 11:23:29:

Madeline,

Until your aunt smartens up about her diet there is little hope for her. Amputation will be the least of her worries!

IV chelation would still help prevent the amputation. See the home page article and the archives about chelation.

Walt

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