The death and subsequent decay of body tissues caused due to diabetes mellitus.
Persons most commonly affected:
Organ or part of body involved:
Feet and hands (especially nails)
Causes and risk factors:
Diabetic gangrene results from three factors: trophic changes – caused by peripheral neuritis; ischaemia – caused by atheroma in the arteries; and lowered resistance to infection – caused by excess sugar in the tissues.
In order to prevent gangrene from setting in and reduce the risk of infection, patients with diabetes (or advanced atherosclerosis) are being told to take