Diabetes & Amputation – A Must Read for Anyone Suffering from Diabetes

Statistics related to diabetes and amputations

Over half of limb amputations (about 67 percent) in the United States are attributable to diabetes and related complications. The majority of limb amputations are performed on the lower extremities.

From 1980 to 2003, lower extremity amputations increased from 33,000 to 84,000 in 1997, and dropped back down to 75,000 amputations in 2003. In 2010, about 73,000 lower-limb amputations were performed in adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes. As is easily seen, amputations are still a big problem for those with diabetes.1

Diabetic neuropathy and subsequent damage to sensory nerves in the feet contribute greatly to deformities and ulcers, thereby increasing the risk for amputations if left untreated. For those under the age of 65, 3.9 of 1000 people with diabetes had an amputation. From age 65 to age 74, the incidence increased to 6.6 per 1000. For those over the age of 75, amputation occurred at a rate of 7.9 per 1000.

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We are extremely grateful to Jasmine Burns, RN, RD, for bringing this information to our attention. This is an extremely comprehensive article and one that anybody with diabetes should read. The information will be permanently accessible in the BILL section of the website under Health and Wellbeing in the Useful Links category. While it relates to the United States, there is no reason to think that the statistics will be very different in other parts of the world, particularly where obesity and poor diets are common.

We’re always delighted to hear from anyone who has information that they feel with be useful to people living with amputation and other disabilities. Do please contact us if you come across anything that you feel should be on the website.

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