Diabetes Causes More Amputations then Landmines: A Call To Arms to Save Limbs

Some years ago, we compared diabetes-related amputations to cancer in terms of 5 year mortality. Now, a no less compelling comparison has emerged. The scourge of unexploded ordinance– particularly landimines– has been evident since at least the end of WWII. Literally hundreds of non-governmental organizations and celebrities have rallied around this entirely preventable problem in a laudable and noble effort to stem the tide. 

Compare this to diabetes-related amputations.
Every 30 minutes, there is a landmine-related casualty.
Every 30 seconds, there is a diabetes-related amputation. 
Let’s make a difference.
Some time ago, we began putting together a manuscript on this subject, which is now in press in the International Wound Journal. 
A fine piece has already made it into the Times of London . Our manuscript has been accepted and will be published in the International Wound Journal in 2009. 

Bharara, Mills, Rilo, Armstrong, “Diabetes and Landmine-Related Amputations: A Call to Arms to Save Limbs”, Int W. Journal, 2009


David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.


  • This article brings to light the fact that is often over-shadowed. Diabetes – while not as shocking as traumatic causes of amputation – is the leading cause of amputation worldwide.Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call to those in positions of power and those with authority to award grant funding.

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