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Not me thank goodness
but my dad has diabetes, he does insulin shot everyday and his sugar is all over the place partly due to his diet and some jackwagon told him wild turkey does not mess with blood sugar


anyway, he has sires on his toes they are finally afte70 plus hyperbaric
treatments for 3 hrs 5 days a week
a few days ago they took bone marrow and spun out something then injected that into his ankle area to spur healing.
they also 2nd time in year did some sort of cleaning of his veins in his legs to promote blood flow
my non doctor arse asked that why they dont use blood clot prevention bags on his legs to promote blood flow like they do after major surgery to prevent clots
or wrap his legs in a bag and dip him in a warm tank like football players do to ease sore muscles, except ramp up the heat and use turbulent water flow to stimulate the legs so blood will flow .
i cant get any answers from doctors on those 2 questions...so is this a thing that could be done or should i keep up the hyper baric chamber and pray his toes heal?

i even thought about a back machine that lets you hang upside down by your ankles or strap him in to take pressure off ankles?
thanks
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I got nothing here, other than you are a good son, and person.

I've helped my parents through some rough and sad times. It's hard to do, and takes a toll. Keep your head up and do what you think is right for them.
 

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Honestly, I don’t care for most doctors due to their lack of knowledge beyond what they learned in medical school, and even more concerning is their lack of continuing education.

With all of that said, hyperbaric chambers are known to heal lots of ailments. The excess oxygen is very good for that. I don’t have any knowledge specific to diabetes caused sores, but I don’t understand how it would hurt either.

As far as the leg compression, there’s a reason they make diabetic socks and shoes. The compression helps with blood flow, so, IMO, the leg compression can only help.

My best friend is a type 1 diabetic and 2 years ago he was about 250 lbs and in terrible shape, physically, mentally, and emotionally. He started a new job in which he’s quite active and, at first he hated it. But as time went on and he lost a bunch of weight he began to love the job. He now uses less insulin and eats less than he used to after becoming more active and losing 75 lbs. Insulin resistance is a TERRIBLE thing for anyone to have to deal with with respect to your health, especially for diabetics. Exercise (even walking, walking is FANTASTIC exercise) will help combat insulin resistance and actually make you more insulin sensitive. If he can’t walk, just find some way to move to stimulate any sort of blood flow to any part of the body.

I take physical, mental, and emotional health very seriously, and I could go on for days about this
 
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Honestly, I don’t care for most doctors due to their lack of knowledge beyond what they learned in medical school, and even more concerning is their lack of continuing education.

With all of that said, hyperbaric chambers are known to heal lots of ailments. The excess oxygen is very good for that. I don’t have any knowledge specific to diabetes caused sores, but I don’t understand how it would hurt either.

As far as the leg compression, there’s a reason they make diabetic socks and shoes. The compression helps with blood flow, so, IMO, the leg compression can only help.

My best friend is a type 1 diabetic and 2 years ago he was about 250 lbs and in terrible shape, physically, mentally, and emotionally. He started a new job in which he’s quite active and, at first he hated it. But as time went on and he lost a bunch of weight he began to love the job. He now uses less insulin and eats less than he used to after becoming more active and losing 75 lbs. Insulin resistance is a TERRIBLE thing for anyone to have to deal with with respect to your health, especially for diabetics. Exercise (even walking, walking is FANTASTIC exercise) will help combat insulin resistance and actually make you more insulin sensitive. If he can’t walk, just find some way to move to stimulate any sort of blood flow to any part of the body.

I take physical, mental, and emotional health very seriously, and I could go on for days about this
yes he has the socks and does wear them and he has lost weight . but he also will do the human thing and cheat when they go out.

i am in the move program with va and have had eye openers about food costs to health at my fav places to eat and its scary at how much sodium and sat fat are in good meals. i educate him and try to get dad to know he is needed and all.

doc scared him if toes don't heal by xxxxx date we cut em off WTF
i had a come to jesus talk with that guy last week. they are not green or infected, just not healing fast.
i dont understand why docs are stuck in the box. trying to find another one thats not 3 hrs away.

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yes he has the socks and does wear them and he has lost weight . but he also will do the human thing and cheat when they go out.

i am in the move program with va and have had eye openers about food costs to health at my fav places to eat and its scary at how much sodium and sat fat are in good meals. i educate him and try to get dad to know he is needed and all.

doc scared him if toes don't heal by xxxxx date we cut em off WTF
i had a come to jesus talk with that guy last week. they are not green or infected, just not healing fast.
i dont understand why docs are stuck in the box. trying to find another one thats not 3 hrs away.

thanks
O for sure, no one’s perfect, I eat very clean most of the time but even I still stumble and eat BS at times, so please don’t take that in any way as me judging your father.

As far as my comment about diabetic socks and shoes, I was simply using that as an example as to how the additional compression, of the bags you were referring to, would likely add some benefit.

I honestly don’t know the “right answer” or have a good path forward though, other than to say help him clean up his diet (which it sounds like you are. Don’t forget that ALL progress is still progress, even if it seems like he’s progressing slowly) and help him move more. It sounds like he has high insulin resistance and doesn’t do a great job of controlling his blood sugar. Exercise will help with both of those things, and as I mentioned before, even a short simple walk is still MUCH better than being sedentary.
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