Britain's diabetes epidemic fueling a record 160 amputations a week; rising obesity is behind the trend
Britain's diabetes epidemic is fuelling an all-time high of 160 amputations a week, figures reveal. More than 8,500 procedures are carried out in England each year as a result — the equivalent of 23 each day. Nine in 10 cases of the condition are Type 2, which is linked to obesity and inactivity. Diabetes U.K. warned that soaring obesity rates are behind the trend, with 2 in 3 adults now overweight or obese. It also said amputations are often life-threatening, with up to eight out of 10 diabetic patients dying within five years of surgery.
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