Diabetes Symptoms in UK: 135 Amputees a Week; Obesity to Blame?

United Kingdom statistics have surged in the number of amputee cases due to diabetes.

According to Diabetes UK, there are more than 135 amputations a week in Britain due to diabetes. The figures are based on the latest Public Health England data. It also noted 7,041 amputations are carried out each year due to the disease, which is significantly higher than the 6,026 date five years ago.

The Daily Mail reported that the recent number of diabetes-related amputations in England has increased by 17 percent in the last five years.

Currently, the country has an estimated 3.9 million diabetic adults — an increase of 62 percent in the last 10 years, the Daily Mail wrote.

Health experts blame the rise on the obesity epidemic in the country.

‘There is a direct correlation between the growing number of people who are obese and the rising numbers of people losing limbs because they are diabetic,” explained Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, as noted by Daily Mail.

NHS said that in 2010, there were approximately 3.1 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes in UK – both diagnosed and undiagnosed. The government health agency warned that the figure will continue to rise and possibly reach 4.6 million by 2030.

To battle the epidemic, NHS England, PHE and Diabetes UK launched a joint initiative this year which aims to reduce the number of people developing Type 2 diabetes by 2025, The Guardian reported.

According to NHS, the importance of early diagnosis because diabetes will get worse if left untreated.

Meanwhile, Diabetes UK stressed 80 percent of amputations related to the disease could be avoided if people with the illness were provided with the necessary care needed.

Many doctors overlook the early signs of diabetes in the feet and hands, while patients underestimate the seriousness of foot care. The groups urge the government to ensure that diabetic get good quality foot checks and that those with foot problem get the right care.

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