Amputations Related To Diabetes Rising, CDC Data Show.

June 16, 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer (6/16, Burling) reports that as “America’s epidemic of obesity continues, Type 2 diabetes has become so common that it’s easy to forget how serious a disease it is”; but “even for people who have witnessed its ravages in family members, there’s something about an amputation that really brings home how insidiously destructive diabetes is.” Although amputation rates “among people with diabetes in the United States dropped for about 15 years, but recent reports issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a disturbing trend: Amputation rates have been rising in people under 65 with diabetes since 2009.” The trend, data show, “was particularly strong for so-called minor amputations of toes and feet, which rose by 62 percent between 2009 and 2015.” However, “major amputations – those done above or just below the knee – were also up by 29 percent.” Edward Gregg, “chief of the epidemiology and statistics branch at the CDC’s division of diabetes translation,” said amputation “is one of the most feared complications for people with diabetes. It’s a major outcome that affects quality of life and functioning.” Discussing the financial burden of amputations, Lisa Fish, former President of the Endocrine Society, said, “I saw a woman the other day who has a $14,000 deductible,” which the piece compares to the typical $3,000 deductible.

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