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Diabetes amputations hit record 135 a week

Charity urges people to tweet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt using #135shoes to highlight fact feet particularly at risk from diabetes-related amputations

The number of amputations carried out due to diabetes has reached an all-time high of 135 a week, a charity has warned, as it urged the Government to do more to ensure those with the condition are given the care and attention they need. Diabetes UK said that despite a big focus on preventing these amputations, the rate is rising due to the huge increase in the number of people developing the condition, which is often linked to being overweight.

The charity wants people to tweet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt about the issue, using the hashtag #135shoes to highlight the fact that the feet are particularly at risk. It has calculated the figure using new Public Health England data, which show the annual number of diabetes-related amputations in England is now more than 7,000 compared to the previous 6,677, equating to seven more amputations each week. The charity added that up to 80 per cent of these amputations can be avoided if people with diabetes were given the necessary care.

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes cause neuropathy and poor circulation, meaning that sufferers are 15 times more likely to have a limb amputated than those without the condition.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11740482/Diabetes-amputations-hit-record-135-a-week.html

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