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Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle After Limb Loss

Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle After Limb Loss

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for most people in the United States. Around 610,000 people die of heart disease every year. Diabetes, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use are all contributing factors that put people at a higher risk. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitness routine is very important especially for amputees.

Gaining or losing weight can not only lead to other serious health conditions but it can also change how your prosthesis fits. Being overweight will also reduce stamina and make it more difficult to walk on a lower extremity prosthesis.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet can be just as important as keeping up with a regular fitness routine. Start by making small change to your daily diet such as reducing your sugar intake. Cutting out sugary beverages such as soda and replacing them with water is a small change that can be very beneficial in the long run. Baking or grilling lean meats instead of frying will also help to lower the fat intake.

Keep Moving

Recovering from the loss of a limb can take several months. During this time a physical therapist can assist you with specific exercises in the early stages of rehabilitation. It’s important to remember that taking on too much physical activity too soon can become counter-productive. Finding an exercise routine that works for you and keeps you motivated is the key. Many amputees enjoy swimming as it strengthens the cardiovascular system as well as the body without putting additional strain on the joints.

Prosthetic and Orthotic solutions can help you get back to a healthy lifestyle. We offer state-of-the-art customized solutions for all levels of amputation.