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Amputations Due to Diabetes on the Rise

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/08/2015

Amputations due to diabetes have reached an all-time high in England at 135 each week. However, with good diabetic and foot care, up to 80% of these amputations could be avoided.


The Signs of Diabetes

Due to the increase of people suffering from diabetes, the number of diabetes-related amputations has also risen. Despite the Diabetes UK campaign "Putting Feet First", we are still finding that people are having their limbs amputated unnecessarily.

Identifying and treating the signs and symptoms early is just one way medical professionals can prevent unnecessary amputations. Knowing when to go to the doctors is one of the things you can do to make sure your GP is aware that you think something may be wrong.

So what are the signs of diabetes?

Whether it's type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the main symptoms include:

  • Feeling thirsty and urinating more frequently than usual
  • Feeling tired
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Could my Diabetes have been Controlled through Diet?

    In some instances, type 2 diabetes can be controlled through eating healthily, exercising regularly and monitoring your blood glucose levels. This is an option health care professionals should explore with you. Type 2 is a progressive condition so eventually you may need some form of medication, whether that is tablets or insulin injections. Your GP should advise you as to what's best for your current condition and monitor it as time goes on.

    Diabetes can also affect your eyesight and you should undergo eye screening once a year. If not, you may be at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to you losing your sight if not treated.

    Whatever the type of diabetes you have, your GP, specialist nurses in a diabetic clinic, or other healthcare profession such as a podiatrist, should monitor your condition and provide you with the correct treatment to prevent it from worsening over time. If this isn't done, you could fall victim to amputations, loss of sight and/or other serious complications which could have occurred as a result of medical negligence.

    Although a successful claim for compensation would help you financially, the legal process isn't all about compensation, it can help to provide you with the answers that you need to find out how your medical professionals let you down. Amputations are a real problem for those with diabetes and in some cases, they could have been avoided completely.

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