People with diabetes are prone to impaired circulation and nerve problems. This can put them at higher risk for ulcers that can eventually lead to amputation. While this can happen to any extremity, the most common are foot or leg ulcers.
But how common are foot ulcers that lead to amputations in diabetics?
According to the American Diabetes Association, foot ulcers occur in four to ten percent of people with diabetes. The good news is that the majority of people have a good outcome: 60-80% of ulcers heal with treatment. But here’s the not so good news: 10-15% of ulcers will persist. And for the bad news: 5-24% will result in amputation. The ADA estimates that worldwide a person loses a limb due to complications from diabetes every thirty seconds.
Amputations due to diabetes, both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, are a serious medical concern. Controlling blood sugar, following your diet, taking medications as prescribed, exercise, medical follow up, and self-care should all be a priority for people with diabetes. For those with prediabetes, diet and exercise should be prioritized. Following a reduced sugar diet can help control blood sugar levels. Weight loss has also been shown to reduce blood sugar levels.
If you are overweight or obese and have or are at risk of type 2 diabetes or have prediabetes, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA is a leader is South Florida for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery. He has performed over 4,000 surgeries and proudly serves as Medical Director for Northwest Medical Center’s Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Shillingford offers a free informational session for prospective patients to learn more about the benefits of gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgeries and which one is the best fit for them. To schedule your free session, call Dr. Shillingford’s Boca Raton office at (5610) 483-8840.