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Smart Sox keep diabetics a step ahead of complications

It might seem hard to believe, but a sock could change the lives of people with diabetes. It's a disease affecting nearly 26 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says 7 million don't even know they have it.  And the scariest statistic: The experts say, every 20 seconds, an amputation takes place in the world because of diabetic complications.

In this country, the experts say, conservatively, a little more than half of those amputations will lead to death within five years.

Some of those experts are in the process of helping to produce and test the Smart Sox. It's made with what's called intelligent textiles. It's not thread, but fiber optics. There are sensors inside the sock too.

Researchers believe this will be a huge step toward improving the quality of life of people with diabetes, and toward ultimately saving their lives.

This is a collaboration involving doctors, researchers, engineers and patients. Eventually, whether in the clinic or at home, a patient will get the word from Smart Sox or a similar diagnostic tool, that a problem is starting.

It could take up to five years before the socks will be available for home use.  

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