Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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Understanding the intricate interplay between diabetes and DFUs is paramount for healthcare professionals to implement timely and effective interventions. A comprehensive approach that integrates preventive strategies, early detection, and multidisciplinary management is vital in mitigating the impact of DFUs on individuals living with diabetes. As the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise globally, addressing the challenge of DFUs becomes increasingly imperative for public health and healthcare systems.

About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, the majority living in low-and middle-income countries, and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year. The likelihood of developing a foot ulcer over one’s lifetime among the diabetic patients ranges from 19% to 34%, a figure that is on the rise due to the extended lifespan and heightened medical complexities of individuals with diabetes. The morbidity associated with a newly occurring ulcer is considerable, evidenced by recurrence rates reaching 65% within 3–5 years. Furthermore, there is a lifetime incidence of lower-extremity amputation at 20%, and individuals face a 5-year mortality rate ranging from 50% to 70%.

Source Links:

Diabetes (who.int)

Etiology, Epidemiology, and Disparities in the Burden of Diabetic Foot Ulcers | Diabetes Care | American Diabetes Association (diabetesjournals.org)

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