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Diabetes-related amputations on the rise in older adults

Key clinical point: The rate of diabetes-related nontraumatic, lower-extremity amputations (NLEAs) in the United States increased recently among Medicare beneficiaries, echoing increases reported in younger populations in a previous study.

Major finding: Following a period of decline, the annual percentage increase in NLEAs among Medicare beneficiaries over the 2009 to 2017 period was 1.2 (P < 0.001).

Study details: Analysis of Medicare Parts A and B claims data for beneficiaries with diabetes enrolled from 2000 (4.6 million) to 2017 (6.9 million).

Disclosures: The study authors reported no disclosures.


Harding J. ADA 2020, Abstract 106-OR.