‘Diabetic foot’ increases risk for cognitive impairment

Gangrene on the foot of a diabetic patientStudy coauthor Dr. Rachel Natovich, a Ben-Gurion University PhD graduate, and colleagues presented their findings at the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions in Boston, MA, earlier this year.

One of the most severe complications of diabetes is “diabetic foot.” If not managed effectively, high blood sugar levels that occur with diabetes can cause nerve damage that results in loss of feeling in feet, meaning foot injuries such as cuts or blisters may go unnoticed. Such injuries can lead to ulcers and infections, and, in severe cases, amputation.

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