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Investigators studied people living with diabetes with a high risk of foot ulceration (high-risk foot) but who were amputation-free and compared them with different subcategories of high-risk foot. They identified a large cohort of patients on the Scotland-wide diabetes register and calculated their amputation-free survival rates during the follow-up period. The risk of death was up to nine times the risk of amputation in individuals judged to have a high-risk foot. A higher percentage of people with healed ulcers died during the 2-year follow-up period than those with active ulcers. People with active ulcers had the highest risk of amputation.
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