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AMPUTATION RATES ARE STILL A MAJOR CONCERN

Amputation rates among people with diabetes in the United States dropped for about 15 years, but recent reports issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a disturbing trend: Amputation rates have been rising in people under 65 with diabetes since 2009. The trend was particularly strong for so-called minor amputations of toes and feet, which rose by 62 percent between 2009 and 2015. But major amputations — those done above or just below the knee — were also up by 29 percent. The trend was more pronounced in men than women. 
 
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Dr. Ronald Renzi
 
 
Ronald Renzi, DPM, a podiatrist at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, ran the numbers on amputations for all causes and found big racial and geographic disparities in the region. Black men were 2.7 times more likely to get an amputation in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs than white men. The procedure was much more common in the region’s poorer, urban areas.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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