Shocking rise in amputations
Hundreds of diabetics in west Kent have undergone “devastating” foot, toe and limb amputations in the last three years, shocking figures reveal.
The number has increased by 13% since 2013.
Between 2010/11 and 2012/13, there were 221 amputations due to diabetes in the NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group area, according to Public Health England.
By the end of the 2014/15 to 2016/17 period, that figure had risen to 250. The biggest increase was minor, below-theankle amputations, such as of the toe or foot, which rose from 177 to 209 - an increase of 18%.
Diabetes can cause a loss of blood in the legs and feet, which can cause infections.
Diabetes UK says “urgent action” is needed to stop what it described as an “epidemic” of the condition, estimated to affect 8% of people in west Kent. The surge in Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity levels.