Risk Factors for Amputations (From diabetes)Although amputations are rare, certain factors can increase a diabetic's risks, such as the following:
• Being male. Rates of amputations for men are double that of women.
• Your race. African-Americans are nearly twice as likely as other races to develop infections that can lead to amputation.
• Being age 65 or older. People in this age group have the majority of diabetes-related amputations.
Source: Diabetic Connect