Amputations of body parts: The combination of diabetes and gout causes significant increases in risk

Diabetes mellitus and gout are ranked among the most common metabolic disorders in Western industrialized countries: According to figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO), around 60 million Europeans suffer from diabetes and 18 million Europeans suffer from gout. “Gout is increasingly being linked to unfavorable cardiovascular, renal and metabolic complications, and now amputation risks,” says EULAR president Professor Iain B. McInnes from Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain. In a current study, Brian Lamoreaux, MD, MS from Lake Forest/USA showed how high the risk of amputations of outer limbs is by evaluating 190 million data sets from a patient database.

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