Shocking rise in am­pu­ta­tions

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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