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No Of Preventable Amputations Continues To Rise

The number of people who have to endure major amputations is continuing to grow, despite many of these procedures being preventable.

According to data from the Diabetes Foot Care Profiles, published by Public Health England (PHE), there were 7,545 lower limb amputations of just above the ankle between 2015 and 2018. This is nearly 600 more than there were during the previous three years at 6,957.

It is thought that as these operations continue to rise, so too does the number of people with Type 2 diabetes – a preventable condition.

Dr Jenifer Smith, programme director at PHE for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP), said: “It’s a tragedy that so many people are unnecessarily having to face the life-changing consequences of diabetes, such as amputations.”

She stated that survival rates and the quality of life for those who have experienced an amputation can be low, which is even more tragic as Type 2 diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle changes.

The NHS’s Long Term Plan, which launched in January 2019, intends to double the NHS DPP by 2024 to help 200,000 people a year lower their risks of developing the disease.

This can be done by encouraging them to have a better diet, maintain a healthy weight, and take part in more physical activities.

With enough help, Type 2 diabetes can even be reversed; and one of the most effective ways to do this is with a low-carbohydrate diet.

According to a study by the Second University of Naples, 15 per cent of participants following a low-carb Mediterranean diet for one year achieved reversal.

This could be particularly relevant for men, as the data from the recent PHE report showed the rate of major amputations was the highest among males at 10.5 per 10,000 compared with 4.9 per 10,000 for women. The rate was greatest among white people as well, with white men being most at risk of major amputations.

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