Severe cases of diabetes mellitus often leads to auputation of the lower limbs. The report from the CDC is good news - Charles
Foot and leg amputations were once a fairly common fate for diabetics, but new government research shows a dramatic decline in limbs lost to the disease, probably due to better treatments.
The rate has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s, according to what is being called the most comprehensive study of the trend.
For older diabetics, amputations dropped from more than 11 to about 4 per 1,000 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
Other diabetes studies have shown declines in lost toes, feet and legs, but not as dramatic.