(64, diabetic type 2, height: approx. 5'0, weight: 53 kilos, medication: metformin 2000 mg and pravastatin 10 mg per day, HbA1c is 6,8% and cholesterol is within normal range, location: Germany)
has been diagnosed with POAD recently and apparently she also has diabetic neuropathy.
Her doppler pressure index/ ankle-brachial index is at: 1,0 and 0,8. She is being referred to an angiologist for further testing (color duplex sonography). At the moment we don't know where we stand and what to do, so here are my questions:
- I know you can't heal POAD, but can we prevent it from getting worse? Will it progress to the last stage? Or can we improve her test results?
- Does my mother have advanced POAD?
- I have read on google that people with POAD have their life expectancy cut short by 10 years, is this true?
- Aside from being gentle on her feet (no hot water, sharp items) is there anything else we can so? Will massages or taking gingko help?
To be honest I'm just very worried and really don't know what to do. Her doctor didn't explain much and only referred us. The doppler pressure test was done three months ago and we weren't notified of anything worrisome, only today she told this (same doctor).
Any answer is appreciated.