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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of lower limb amputation

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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of lower limb amputation

Did you know that approximately 7,000 people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes undergo leg, foot or toe amputation each year?

What is diabetes?

It is a condition where the normal blood glucose control is lost leading to high glucose levels in the blood stream.

Type one diabetes

  • Approximately 250,000 people in the UK are diagnosed
  • 90% diagnosed are under the age of 30 but can occur at any age
  • Treatment is insulin
  • 15% lifetime risk of undergoing an amputation
  • Life expectancy is reduced on average by 10 years in people with type 1 diabetes

Type two diabetes

  • Approximately 3.25 million people in the UK are diagnosed
  • 90% of those diagnosed are either classed to be overweight or obese
  • Most diagnosed are over the age of 40 but there is an increase seen in younger people and children 
  • Often managed by diet control and medication
  • Life expectancy is reduced on average by 5-10 years in people with type 2 diabetes

Factors that can lead to an amputation:

  • Circulation problems
  • Foot ulcers
  • Other damage to the foot
  • Bone deformity that can lead to serious damage and disability
  • Nerve disorder

If you are facing an amputation or know someone then contact Limbless Association (enquiries@limbless-association.org) who will be able to provide you with the support you require.

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