Diabetic foot ulcers linked with higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke

People with diabetes who develop foot ulcers are at more risk of dying prematurely than those without the complication, a new large-scale study has found. The researchers say the findings highlight the need for improved detection and management of those with diabetes and foot ulcers.

The study, which is the largest analysis to date of the link between foot ulcers and diabetes, is published in the journal Diabetologia.

Foot cuts or injuries can go unnoticed

Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves, especially if blood glucose is poorly controlled. Poor circulation and nerve damage can cause cuts or other injuries to go unnoticed – which can lead to poorly healing ulcers or sores. In severe cases, this can lead to foot or leg amputation.

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