Lower-limb amputations declining in diabetes patients

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

The rate of leg and foot amputations among U.S. adults aged 40 years and older with diagnosed diabetes declined by 65% between 1996 and 2008, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC attributes better blood glucose control, foot care, and diabetes management, along with a drop in heart disease, as likely reasons that the number of amputations has fallen. 

Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic amputations of feet and legs among U.S. adults.

The age-adjusted rate of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations was 3.9 per 1,000 people with diagnosed diabetes in 2008 compared to 11.2 per 1,000 in 1996.

To learn more, go to the CDC site on diabetes.

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