Health bosses have admitted the number of amputations related to diabetes in Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Devon is too high.
Over 1,500 amputations were conducted in the four counties from 2010-2013, with 528 classed as major procedures – above the ankle.
Diabetic amputations
The risk of amputation for people with diabetes comes from damage done to nerves and blood vessels, with the feet worst affected.
This damage occurs from poor blood glucose management, which can also lead to other serious complications such as blindness and stroke.
Devon had the highest rate of the four counties, with Dr. Gary Lende, from the NEW (Norther, Eastern and Western Devon) Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, saying: “It’s something we’re clearly concerned about and acutely aware of.”
Foot care awareness
Lenden also added that education needed to be improved by medical teams, but patient awareness in people with diabetes is also essential in avoiding amputations and other complications.
Foot care should not be difficult for people with diabetes, and it is important to check your feet every day as any graze or small ulcer can represent a serious risk.
People with diabetes are required to get their feet checked once a year, and you should ensure you receive this check at each annual diabetic review.

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