Diabetic Foot Ulcers Linked With Higher Risk of Death, Heart Attack and Stroke


People with diabetes who develop foot ulcers are at more risk of dying prematurely than those without the complication, finds a new large-scale study. The researchers say the findings highlight the potential need for improved detection and management of those with diabetes and foot ulcers.

The study, which is the largest analysis of diabetes into the link between foot ulcers and the condition, is published in this month's (November) edition of the journal Diabetologia.

There are 3.7million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition but do not know it. Diabetes can damage a person's blood vessels and nerves, especially if their blood sugar is poorly controlled. Poor circulation and nerve damage in the feet makes people vulnerable to unnoticed cuts or other injuries and progress into poorly healing ulcers, or sores. In severe cases, this can lead to foot or leg amputation.

Science Daily, Oct 10, 2012

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