Oklahoma City diabetic outreach group to provide prevention information

The Save a Leg, Save A Life Foundation will host a free screening for people interested in learning more about diabetes-related amputations and the development of peripheral artery disease.
BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com Published: September 24, 2012
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Prevention of amputation and peripheral artery disease among people who are diabetic will be the topic of an informational screening Tuesday.

The Oklahoma Metro chapter of the Save a Limb, Save a Life Foundation will host the screening from 10 a.m. to noon at the Good Shepherd Clinic, 222 NW 12.

Also, at Tuesday's city council meeting, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will proclaim Tuesday as Save a Leg, Save a Life Day in the city.

Tay Sha Howell, a chapter leader in the organization's Oklahoma Metro chapter, said attendees will receive questionnaires regarding peripheral artery disease, among other things. If a person checks “yes” to any of the questions, they could be at risk for developing peripheral artery disease.

The questionnaires are helpful because attendees can take them back to their primary care doctors for further evaluation, Howell said.

Peripheral artery disease is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to a person's limbs. About one of every three people with diabetes older than 50 has the condition, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of lower-extremity amputation in the U.S., according to medical studies.


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