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Fewer Diabetes Patients Lose Limbs

A study found that fewer diabetes patients are being hospitalized for foot or leg amputations, though they’re still at higher risk of losing a limb than the general population. Among diabetes patients ages 40 and up, hospital discharge rates for nontraumatic lower-extremity amputation fell an average of 8.6% per year between 1996 and 2008. Yet amputation rates among those with diabetes in 2008 were still nearly eight times higher than those seen in nondiabetics. Diabetes Care 2012; 35: 273-277.