Impact of diabetes warning7th July 2008
Diabetes UK has said that "ten people a week" in Scotland need to have one of their limbs cut off because of diabetes.
The charity has promoted the fact in order to make more people aware of the devastating consequences of the disease.
Diabetes can cause people to go blind, suffer heart or kidney problems, and stroke.
Director Audrey Birt said: "There are about 200,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland and over 60,000 people are unaware they have it."
She added that diabetes could have very serious complications, the amount of people who had the disease in Scotland was rising and it was important to make more people aware of it.
Diabetics can have limbs cut off because of damaged nerves and blood vessels. In the UK, about 5,000 people with diabetes have limbs removed.
Diabetes UK revealed that 70% of diabetic patients who had limbs amputated died within five years.
Ms Birt said: "The situation is shocking given that most amputations can be prevented with better awareness and management of the condition. People with diabetes need to have optimum support, guidance and clinical care to help minimise the risks of amputation."
She added that diabetics needed to have improved "access" to podiatrists and to have routine appointments to check their health.
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Title: Impact of diabetes warning
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 7403
Date Added: 7th Jul 2008