Oct 9, 2018
Black Men's Health

Dr. Bill Releford - Diabetes Management: Early Detection Key To Preventing Amputations in Nigeria


arly detection and care of the foot has been identified as the best form to prevent amputation in persons with diabetes.

Diabetes-Related Amputation On The Rise In Nigeria

A Cuban vascular Surgeon Aristides Garcia disclosed this at a diabetes workshop in Abuja. Diabetic foot ulcer, a deep wound localized below the ankle in a diabetic patient is one of the serious complications of diabetes leading to amputation in many cases.

An Indian nurse (R) collects a blood sample from a patient using a glucometer at a free Diabetic health check up camp in Hyderabad on November 1, 2009. India has the highest number of diabetic patients in the world, potentially posing an enormous health problem for the country. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM / AFP PHOTO / NOAH SEELAM

In Nigeria, diabetic foot ulcer accounts for 24 percent of diabetic mortality and it is estimated a person’s lower limb is amputated due to diabetics in every 30 seconds.

At this workshop, a vascular surgeon said due to the growing trend of amputation, there was a need to find a lasting solution that would prevent amputation in those with diabetes.

Ibrahim Wada an acclaimed gynecologist wants Nigerians to live a healthy lifestyle to avoid coming down with diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired resulting in elevated levels of glucose in the blood.