Dr. Hilkovitz explains why diabetes can lead to amputation.
Diabetes attacks our blood vessels, and the blood vessels also run into the legs and the feet supplying blood, and they also supply the tiny little nerves that help our legs to have feeling and so on.
In diabetes, you develop neuritis or neuropathy as it’s called, where you don’t have good feeling. Your feet could get injured and you don’t know it. Then you get infection and because there’s a poor blood supply, it doesn’t heal well. So you form abscesses and ulcers, and it’s impossible to get those healed, usually ends up in amputation.
About Dr. Hilkovitz, M.D., B.Ch.:
Dr. Gabriel Hilkovitz has been in private practice for 51 years working in internal medicine, primary care, with an emphasis in diabetes and works in connection with the Arizona Heart Institute. He is a former Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Hilkovitz was born and educated in South Africa and also engaged in academia in London, England and the United States.
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