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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Toll of UK Diabetes Patients Made to Go for AMPUTATION Rises

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At least 169 people a week are left with no choice but to undergo an amputation procedure as a result of diabetes, according to a recent study.

Unhealed ulcers and foot infections are the main cause of diabetes-related amputations. Diabetes affects almost 3.7 million people in the UK.
Analysis by the charity Diabetes UK found that 26,378 people had lower limb amputations linked to diabetes between 2014 and 2017, a 19.4% rise from 2010 to 2013.
Dan Howarth, head of care at Diabetes UK, said: “The shocking number of lower limb amputations related to diabetes grows year on year. An amputation, regardless of whether it’s defined as minor or major, is devastating and life-changing. A minor amputation can still involve losing a whole foot.”
The statistics are a reminder of the relentless increase in the number of people with diabetes. About 90% of diabetes patients in the UK have type 2 diabetes, which is linked to people’s lifestyles and obesity. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition unrelated to weight.
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