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The death and subsequent decay of body tissues caused due to diabetes mellitus.
Persons most commonly affected: Both sexes.
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.
Prevention: 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