Diabetes amputations down since 1990s

23 November 2013

The number of people needing to have limbs amputated due to the complications of diabetes has dramatically fallen since the 1990s, according to a new study from Odense University Hospital Denmark.

The research looked at the Funen region of Denmark between 1996 and 2011, as it is considered to be representative of many high-income countries around the world. Over the study period, the rate of below-ankle amputations related to diabetes fell by an average of ten per cent per year, and below-knee amputations were down by 15 per cent.

Above-knee amputations had an annual reduction of three per cent, but these procedures are so rare that the figure was not deemed to be statistically significant. In contrast, the rate of amputations that were not linked to diabetes did not change over the study period.

The researchers believe that the fall in diabetes-related amputations is largely due to improved treatment options for people living with the condition.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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