The findings stress the need for improved detection and management of diabetes and foot ulcers caused by the condition, according to the researchers at St. George’s, University of London.
Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves, especially if a patient’s blood sugar is not well controlled. Poor circulation and nerve damage in the feet make people less likely to notice cuts or other injuries, which can turn into ulcers. In severe cases, foot ulcers can lead to amputation of the foot or leg.
The results highlight the importance of a two-pronged approach for people with diabetes, the researchers said.
The first is enhanced screening for foot ulcers, because early detection and treatment may help reduce some of the complications of foot ulcers.
The second is lowering cardiovascular risk factors in people with diabetes, study co-leader Kausik Ray said in a university news release.
“Our results warrant further investigation as to whether even greater control of risk factors such as blood pressure, blood glucose and early preventive screening can further reduce mortality among those with foot ulcers,” Ray said. “There is likely an unmet potential to reduce deaths in this group.”
Although the study found an association between diabetic foot ulcers and higher death risk, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
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