Lower limb amputation 20 times more likely in people with diabetes

Added 08/03/2012

On the day that Diabetes UK launches a campaign to reduce lower limb amputations in diabetes sufferers we remind travellers about the importance of declaring their medical condition when buying diabetes travel insurance.

According to Diabetes UK people with diabetes are over 20 times more likely to have a lower limb amputation than those without.

In response to this Diabetes UK has launched a campaign to reduce the number of preventable lower limb amputations in people with diabetes. It claims that in certain parts of the UK people with diabetes are receiving poor levels of foot care resulting in foot amputations which could be avoided.

Diabetes UK says that about 80% of the 6000 diabetes —related amputations in England each year are preventable. Diabetes UK aims to reduce this number of amputations by 50% in 5 years.

Having your feet checked is number 5 in Diabetes UK’s list of 15 healthcare essentials for people with Diabetes.

Diabetes has becoming increasingly common in the UK in recent years; in fact in 2011, diabetes was the third most common medical condition to declared to us by customers buying travel insurance with cover for pre-existing medical conditions.

Diabetes travel insurance

Even if diabetes is controlled by diet or medication, it is vital to declare that people with diabetes declare their condition when they buy travel insurance. If their diabetes is well managed, and they don’t suffer from any related medical conditions it won’t be expensive and it could save them thousands of pounds if they become ill abroad and need emergency medical treatment.

Goodtogoinsurance.com can provide travel insurance cover for all types of diabetes up to a high level of severity. Travellers who want to ensure that their diabetes is covered by their travel insurance should declare it at the time of purchase; they will then be asked a series of simple questions to access the severity of their diabetes in order to provide the appropriate diabetes travel insurance cover.

If you suffer from diabetes and have a holiday planned, get a quote for diabetes travel insurance.