Race and address may increase risk for diabetes-related amputation, according to a new study.

The findings show that diabetes-related toe and foot amputations are higher in rural and Western American residents, Native Americans, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The researchers explored the racial/ethnic and geographic trends in major and minor lower extremity amputations (LEA) in American adults with diabetes between 2009 and 2017. The researchers also sought to identify factors associated with LEA risk among adults with diabetes.

Marvellous Akinlotan, a research assistant professor at Texas A&M University, and colleagues, analyzed data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample, which contains information on 35 million hospital stays each year.

The researchers looked through the data for patients with diabetes-related hospitalizations who had either a minor LEA (toe and foot amputation) or a major LEA (above the foot, below the knee, or above the knee).

Read the full article about diabetes-related amputation risk by Rae Lynn Mitchell at Futurity.