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You are What You Eat, Save Your Feet

04-24-2017

Limb Loss Awareness Month - You are What You Eat, Save Your FeetConsidering April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, this is the perfect time to educate, provide prevention information and help increase awareness. According to the Amputee Coalition, at least 60% of amputations are preventable. Healthy Nutrition helps improve the wound healing process.

You are What You Eat, Save Your Feet

Healthy lean protein is vitally important for wound healing. Protein provides the foundation the following.

  • Allows your body to heal itself
  • Stimulates tissue growth
  • Enhances cell renewal and repair related to wound healing
  • Helps even out your glucose levels

Oklahoma has a high incidence of diabetes

  • High blood sugar slows wound healing.
  • 15% of individuals who live with diabetes develop a foot ulcer.
  • The longer a wound remains open, the higher the risk of complications including amputation.
  • Poor blood sugar control leads to complications including:
    • Neuropathy
    • Kidney failure
    • Blindness
    • Amputations
  • Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are risk factors for diabetes.

Early screening for diabetes is important

Your doctor can test to see if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Norman Regional Wound Care Center

For those who suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds, help is as close as the Norman Regional Oklahoma Wound Center®. As the largest wound care program in the Oklahoma City metro area, we are dedicated to improving healing and decreasing amputations. Our comprehensive Diabetic Limb Salvage Program (DLS) is the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. This premier program and multispecialty team was developed to address the needs of this special patient group in a timely manner and coordinate care for the best outcomes. Norman Regional Oklahoma Wound Center’s team includes board-certified physicians, experienced wound care nurses, and certified hyperbaric specialists. Our comprehensive treatment helps heal wounds that range from simple to complex. For more information, you can call 405-307-6955.

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