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Amputations Related to Diabetes Most Common Amongst Poor
- Updated: August 8, 2014
People that have diabetes in the areas of California that are the poorest are almost twice as apt to have their feet or legs amputated than those people living in the areas that are the wealthiest, according to a just published study.
Blacks and those who speak Spanish appeared to be at considerable disadvantages when it relates to a likelihood of amputations that are diabetes related found researchers.
One doctor said that the study’s findings showed that the safety related to medicine has large holes in it and people have often times fallen through them and lost limbs to the disease when the complications might have been prevented with care that was better.
That safety nets as they are referred to include government supported insurance programs and emergency rooms, said the doctor, who was the lead author of the study in California.
The doctors wrote that in prior studies, people with diabetes who were also low income tended to be on the receiving end of worse care for the disease, but no prior study looked at overall amputations of extremities and poverty.
People with diabetes that is poorly controlled risk the loss of feeling or of poor blood flow in all their extremities, the condition increases the risk of foot ulcers as well as infection. If left untreated they could worsen to such a point that toes, feet or legs might have to be removed.
For this most recent study, researchers linked databases from community level poverty, amputations related to diabetes and diabetes prevalence for California during 2009.
Information was taken from more than 1.9 million people that had diabetes and were 45 years of age and older. That included 6,825 people that went through 7,970 amputations of lower extremities during 2009.
People that lived in the poorest areas of the state were about twice as apt to have an amputation related to diabetes that those living in the areas that were the wealthiest.