Diabetes cases in Saudi Arabia result in 5,000 amputations annually - Statistics
Rising diabetes cases in Saudi Arabia result in 5,000 foot amputations annually according to statistics released by the International Diabetes Federation.
This statistic was conveyed by the Saudi Society for Diabetes and Endocrinology, where the head of its Health Education Committee, Dr. Bassem Fota, said that there are about three million Saudis who suffer from high blood pressure.
“However, there are indicators of improvement in the numbers due to increased awareness, and a reduced number of amputations per year by about 30 percent,” Fota added.
Fota said that the Saudi Society for Diabetes and Endocrinology carried out a campaign which involved 6,000 people, 70 percent of whom were men and 30 percent were women. After a bit of testing, it turned out that 35 percent of the participants suffered from obesity, 13 percent suffered from high blood pressure and 600 people had high blood sugar levels. He added that most of them do not exercise and are likely to become diabetic.
In 2015, the number of Saudis who suffer from diabetes reached 3.8 million. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the number of those who died due to diabetes is 23,420 while the cost for treating one diabetic patient is $1,145 a year.