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Rate of Leg, Foot Amputations Among Diabetics Drops: CDC
Date:1/24/2012

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Another expert concurred.

"Hopefully, this is a sign that patients and health care providers are doing a better job of preventing peripheral vascular disease, lower extremity ulcers and infections, and more aggressively treating these issues before they progress to serious infections that lead to need for amputation," said Dr. Robert Lind, medical director of the Diabetes Foot and Ankle Center at NYU Langone's Hospital for Joint Diseases.

"Loss of a limb is one of the most devastating health complications a patient with diabetes can encounter, so it's vital for us to take all measures available to further reduce the need for amputation," Lind explained.

"It is interesting to note that the rate of amputation is still higher in African Americans (and the rate in other ethnic groups is not teased out in this study)," he added. "Clearly, we still need to address the root cause of the disparity in different patient populations."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about diabetes-related foot complications.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Jan. 24, 2012; Robert Lind, M.D., assistant professor, departments of endocrinology and orthopedic surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, and medical director, Diabetes Foot and Ankle Center, NYU Langone's Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York City


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