Diabetes-Related Amputation On The Rise In Nigeria
Early detection and care of the foot has been identified as the best form to prevent amputation in persons with diabetes.
A Cuban vascular Surgeon Aristides Garcia disclosed this at a diabetes workshop in Abuja.
Diabetic foot ulcer, a deep wound localized below the ankle in a diabetic patient is one of the serious complications of diabetes leading to amputation in many cases.
In Nigeria, diabetic foot ulcer accounts for 24 percent of diabetic mortality and it is estimated a person’s lower limb is amputated due to diabetics in every 30 seconds.
At this workshop, a vascular surgeon said due to the growing trend of amputation, there was a need to find a lasting solution that would prevent amputation in those with diabetes.
Ibrahim Wada an acclaimed gynecologist wants Nigerians to live a healthy lifestyle to avoid coming down with diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired resulting in elevated levels of glucose in the blood.