Monday, October 29, 2012

Race a Factor in Amputations

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

1 comment:

  1. WHY??? Is this difference biological? Is this due to socioeconomic factors? Discovering the disparity exists is a great first step, but we need to learn why!