Diabetes Lower-Limb Amputations decline in US

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that lower-limb amputation for people with diabetes over the age of 40, have declined to 3.9 cases per 1,000 in 2008, compared to 11. 2 cases per 1,000 in 1996. The CDC published their findings in the journal Diabetes Care.

These lower-limb amputations are related to circulation problems that is often an outcome for people with diabetes.

In 2008, men had higher age-adjusted rates of leg and foot amputations compared to women. The men had 6 per 1,000 compared to the women having 1.9 to 1,000. Blacks had higher rates of amputations compared to whites. Blacks had 4.9 per 1,000 compared to 2.9 per 1,000 for whites. Adults over the age of 75 had the highest rate of all, with 6.2 per 1,000.

Nilka Ríos Burrows, M.P.H., an epidemiologist with CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation and co–author of the study said that the new lower rates are encouraging; however, more needs to be done to reduce the gap in some groups.

The CDC said that diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower-lime amputations and it is also the leading cause of kidney failure and new cases of blindness in adults. Overall, diabetes ranks seventh for the leading cause of death in the United States.

By: Marsha Quinn

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