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When you consider how many of us have problems with our feet, you might expect to find lots of resources full of good advice. Then, when you reflect that peripheral neuropathy is one of the most serious complication of diabetes, you could hope to find a book that could help you to keep the legs you stand on.
Until now I have looked in vain for such a book. But I just read it.
Dr. Mark Hinkes, a podiatrist and amputation prevention specialist, wrote Keep the Legs You Stand On and sent me a copy . This big book -- 537 pages -- is the definitive guide for those of us with diabetes who want to keep both of our legs.
The publisher is Nightengale Press . and the book lists for $22.95. However, Amazon offers it for about $16 or $17. It came out March 1, and the ISBN-13 is 978-1933449715.
As the chief of podiatry services and director of podiatric medical education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Hinkes has seen far too ...
One thing that always makes me wince is a news story about some new oral diabetes drug that the reporter says promises to free people with diabetes from “painful insulin injections.”
When I was a child, immunizations were painful. They were injected into a muscle, and after getting booster shots, my arm would ache for a day or two. The sight of the syringe with its big needle was frightening. The only good thing about getting immunizations was the treat we were given if we didn’t fuss. I remember being taken to the Elizabeth Taylor movie National Velvet, a big treat, as in those days we didn’t have TV and going to a movie was rare.
But most injections today are a totally different story. For one thing injections for diabetes, like insulin, are given subcutaneously, meaning they’re injected into the fat layer under the skin. And the needles used these days are extremely thin, so we hardly feel the shots at all.
One exception is the onc...
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