DALLAS—20- year old Adora Chenette has a lot to be thankful for--she's the proud mother of son Grayson and a Type 1 diabetes patient who has been successfully fighting the disease since she was seven.
She’s seen an evolution revolution.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the rate of limbs lost to diabetes is down by more than 50%. For older diabetics the number dropped from a little more than 11 to about 4 per 1,000 people.
Dr. Saleemah Fahmi is a board certified endocrinologist and the medical director of the Methodist Medical Health System Diabetes Self-Management Program.
Dr. Fahmi said the amputation decline is largely fueled by better science--which in turn makes it easier for patients to manage their health.
"I think that is probably even more of what has been able to get people to get their diabetes better controlled because we as physicians have so many more tools now that we can use in order to get the control that we want.”
Dr. Fahmi added that oral medications and injection medicines other than insulin have also helped.
Adora now uses a new blood-sugar meter that keeps her levels getting too high or too low which Dr. Fahmi said works wonders.
"Keeping the diabetes controlled, keeping those blood sugars more even and steady, it prevents the long-term complications down the line," Dr. Fahmi said.
Complications like amputations.
For about a year now Adora has used a pump which via a catheter attached to her side delivers just the right amount of insulin.
No muss, no fuss and here is the good part--no shots.
"I've given them so many times throughout me having diabetes that I've had built up scar tissue on my stomach and on my legs,” Adora said. “That's gone away a little bit."
Making her future with Grayson a lot better.
"It's great,” Adora said. “I love it."