Diabetes & Peripheral Neuropathy
There are more than 30 million diabetics in the United States, with approximately half of those afflicted having been diagnosed with 800,000 new cases very year.
Lower extremity amputation is a complication of peripheral vascular disease and is markedly more frequent among diabetics than non-diabetics. In the U.S., diabetic amputations exceed 100,000 per year. It is estimated that 10-15%, approximately one million, of the diabetic population suffers from peripheral vascular disease and gangrene. Additionally, severe forms of diabetic nerve disease, especially neuropathy, are a major contributing cause of lower extremity amputations.
At least 15% of all persons with diabetes eventually have a foot ulcer and nearly 1% of persons with diabetes have an amputation. It is estimated that nearly 75% of all amputations caused by neuropathy and poor circulation could be prevented with proper care.
This electrotherapy garment system has established a clinical research program with leading specialists in the fields of endocrinology, diabetology, and podiatry at major medical universities. A pilot clinical study demonstrated benefits of a dual polarity silver stocking coupled with the pulsed direct current neuromuscular stimulator in treating diabetic foot neuropathy, tissue perfusion and wound healing which resulted in a clinical publication (see research*). This convenient, easy to use stimulation garment system can be worn to bed for easy nighttime use, a factor suggested by studies as effective in alleviating subjective, burning diabetic neuropathic pain as well as dramatically increasing circulation which leads to increased tissue perfusion.