August 5, 2014

10 Times the Rich Folks’ Rate

1 Amputations for Diabetes Soar among Poor

A newly published UCLA study reveals that diabetics in low-income neighborhoods are ten times likelier to have limbs amputated as a result of the disease than are diabetics in prosperous neighborhoods. Amputation rates are highest among first-generation immigrants, minorities, males, and persons over age 65. Principal reasons for the high amputation rates are a late or delayed diagnosis, the cost of treatment, a lack of health care information or access to medical care, hypertension and smoking, and poor communication due to language barriers. The most common scenario is an untreated cut or blister on the diabetic's foot which, combined with the victim's' lowered immunity, becomes so infected that when treatment is finally sought, the removal of diseased extremities is required.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Diabetic Amputations, Amputation Rates in America, Poor People and Diabetes, Economic Factors in Diabetes

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