Diabetic Foot and Amputation Statistics

  1. Diabetes affects 26 million people in the US and more than 250 million people worldwide.
Diabetesatlas.org/American Diabetes Association
  1. 60-70% of those with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy, or lose sensation in their feet.
Dyck et al.  Diabetic Neuropathy 1999
  1. Up to 25% of those with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer.
Singh, Armstrong, Lipsky.  J Amer Med Assoc 2005
  1. More than half of all foot ulcers (wounds) will become infected, requiring hospitalization and 1 in 5 will require an amputation.
Lavery, Armstrong, et al.  Diabetes Care 2006
  1. Diabetes contributes to approximately 80% of the 120,000 nontraumatic amputations performed yearly in the United States.
Armstrong et al. Amer Fam Phys 1998
  1. “Every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a limb is lost as a consequence of diabetes”
DFCon11, Bakker (after Boulton), DFCon.com
Boulton, The Lancet (cover), Nov. 2005
  1. After a major amputation, 50% of patient will have their other limb amputated within 2 years.
Goldner. Diabetes 1960
Armstrong, et al, J Amer Podiatr Med Assn, 1997
  1. The relative 5-year mortality rate after limb amputation is 68%. When compared with cancer – it is second only to lung cancer (86%).  (Colorectal cancer 39%, Breast cancer 23%, Hodgkin’s disease 18%, Prostate cancer 8%)
Armstrong, et al, International Wound Journal, 2007
Amer Cancer Society; Facts & Figures 2000
Singh, Armstrong, Lipsky et al. J Amer Med Assoc 2005
Icks, et al, Diabetes Care, 2011
  1. People with a history of a diabetic foot ulcer have a 40% greater 10 year mortality than people with diabetes alone.
  2. Iversen, et al, Diabetes Care 32:2193-2199, 2009
  1. Every 30 minutes a limb is lost due to a landmine.
    Every 30 seconds, a limb is lost due to diabetes.
Bharara, Mills, Suresh, Armstrong, Int Wound J, 2009
  1. Having a wound immediately doubles ones chances of dying at 10 years compared with those without diabetes.
  2. Iversen, et al, Diabetes Care 32:2193-2199, 200

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