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A 50-year-old man who lost his leg to diabetes is warning others with the condition to get healthier.
Colin Rattray, from Dundee, had his right leg amputated below the knee this month after years of ignoring medical advice and living on snacks and sugary drinks.
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Mr Rattray is one of thousands of people in the UK who lose their limbs to type 2 diabetes every year because high blood sugar causes serious nerve damage.
He had ignored warning signs for years before after he already lost two toes and was losing feeling in his foot, even walking around on broken bones without knowing.
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'You could lose limbs or, worse still, die and you’ll have yourself, not the NHS, to blame,' he told The Sun.
Mr Rattray has now taken the hint, is eating healthier and said he is determined to get his diabetes under control and turn over a new leaf.
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Surgeons did the drastic op when Mr Rattray, who worked in the pub trade, developed osteomyelitis, a bone infection connected to diabetes.
When feeling unwell he realised he had a 'huge' infected ulcer on the skin on his right foot.
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The deep infection damaged bones in his foot so much they had no choice but to remove the limb, an operation for which he stayed awake throughout.
He said seeing his own leg removed – hearing the saw and feeling its vibrations – was 'gutting' but it made him realise how bad his health really was.
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Mr Rattray had ignored warning signs years earlier when, after stubbing a toe on the other foot, he needed two of them amputated because of the nerve damage.
Despite this, he felt he had 'got away with...
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