Reducing The Rate Of Amputations Among Diabetics

by Medindia Content Team on  December 27, 2004 at 11:41 AM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

Reducing The Rate Of Amputations Among Diabetics
About one half of all amputations are currently performed among the diabetic population. Researchers studied changes in the tiny blood vessels in the retinas of about 900 diabetic patients who had been diagnosed with the disease before age 30. All were followed for 20 years to assess how these microvascular changes might relate to subsequent need for an amputation.

The risk was significantly higher for those who had also demonstrated microvascular changes in the retina. The finding held true even after researchers adjusted the results to take other factors that could have impacted the need for amputations such as age, sex, blood sugar control, blood pressure, and history of feet ulcers into account.

Researchers say the results of their study suggests a link between microvascular changes in the retinal vessels and risk of undergoing [an amputation] in people with younger-onset diabetes ,thus researchers believe changes in the retina may provide a good way to predict which diabetic patients are most at risk for amputation.

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Diabetes and Exercise Pregnancy and Complications Artificial Limbs Phantom Limb Syndrome 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive