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March 28, 2006

Diabetes limb loss 'unnecessary'

Topics: Medicine

foot1.jpegPeople with diabetes are 15 times more at risk of lower limb amputation than people without the condition. Now, a study suggests that people with diabetes are having to have unnecessary lower limb amputations.

"We know that the rate of amputation may be reduced by 40% or more through effective care.

"All people with diabetes should receive at least a yearly foot check.

"Those who have problems need to be provided with a foot care plan which incorporates specialist care and education on what to look out for and how to avoid infections."

Apparently too many patients don't get the proper foot care, which can lead to the unnecessary limb loss. Data published by Diabetes UK shows up to 70% of people die within five years of having an amputation.

Related:
Preventing Limb Loss in People with Diabetes
Diabetes Foot Clinic - At a glance.

Posted by Richard at March 28, 2006 10:22 PM



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