Making Limb Preservation a Priority in Diabetes

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Diabetes poses many risks and complications, including kidney disease and circulation issues that often lead to amputation. With over 80,000 leg amputations performed annually among diabetic patients, Dr. Alexander Reyzelman, co-director of the UCSF Center for Limb Preservation, discusses how the center—the first of its kind in the San Francisco Bay area—is working aggressively to prevent amputation. Dr. Reyzelman explains the dangers of peripheral neuropathy and how being proactive can help avoid unwanted infections that are often triggers for amputation. He helps us understand how identifying risks for each individual patient, regular visits to the doctor and patient education can all be crucial steps in helping to prevent amputation.

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