n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Avoiding foot complications in diabetes
|Article Title||Avoiding foot complications in diabetes|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Publication Date||Apr 2010|
|Pages||181 - 185|
Foot complications are among the most serious and costly complications of diabetes mellitus, with ulceration increasing worldwide and over 80% of foot and lower limb amputations being preceded by a foot ulcer. Every 30 seconds a lower limb or part of a lower limb is lost somewhere in the world as a consequence of diabetes. Up to 70% of people who undergo a lower extremity amputation die within 5 years. Worldwide in 2003 there were 194 million people between the ages 20 - 79 with diabetes; currently the estimate is that among adults the prevalence of diabetes is expected to reach 333 million by 2025.
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