Each year, 70,000 people lose a lower limb — a leg or foot — because of type 2 diabetes.
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Once known primarily as adult-onset diabetes, it contributes to more than 230,000 deaths each year and is now present in one in every 400 children. Though the numbers are ominous and continue to climb, remember that old-fashioned solutions can keep diabetes in check: Lose weight, eat a healthy diet and exercise. These can save your limbs — and your life.