Limb Loss Awareness – Are You At Risk?

Every day in the United States over 500 individuals lose a limb. And according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 60% of the non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people who have diabetes. It’s estimated that about 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s over 8% of our population. 7 million of those individuals go undiagnosed.

Given those facts there’s a good chance that you or someone you care about is at risk!

But here’s what is interesting! Despite the numbers, warnings, and wealth of information regarding diet, obesity and sedimentary lifestyles this largely “preventable disease” is on the rise. And a disturbing number of those being diagnosed are children. Experts believe individuals having diabetes will increase 165% by 2050. If that occurs, one in three individuals born today will be affected by the disease!

If you are currently diagnosed with diabetes it is very important that you pay close attention to your lower limbs, especially your feet.  Amputation rates can be reduced by as much as 85% by implementing a comprehensive foot care program that includes preventive care and encourages overall healthy habits. If you are fortunate enough to be avoiding diabetic symptoms what can you do to minimize your longer term risks? You probably know the answers. Eat right, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking, and de-stress.

Those lifestyle goals are pretty obvious and most of us know that we should be moving in the direction of balance and moderation.However, for many of us when we hear the words balance and moderation, we are thinking more in terms of avoidance, discipline, and self sacrifice. The result is that we either don’t try or we begin laying the mental groundwork for failure.

When faced with making daily lifestyle decisions, perhaps a kinder and gentler approach would be to ask ourselves the following questions:

1)  Is what I’m about to do really something that I enjoy?
2)  Is it possible for me to limit (even if it’s just a little of) what I know isn’t  particularly healthy for me?
3)  Have I created a realistic picture of where I’d like to be health wise?
4)  Am I heading in the right direction?
5)  What is it that I need to be conscious of, to create a happier and healthier life for myself?

Taking a few moments to paint a backdrop for the daily decisions we need to make can ultimately lead to a better understanding of our choices and their potential outcomes.

Peace & Energy, Team Green