Foot ulceration in diabetes a 'red flag for mortality'

Patients with the complication require vigilance, researchers say

The presence of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes more than doubles the risk of premature death compared with those without ulceration, an updated meta-analysis has found.

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The finding highlights the importance of managing nephropathy and coronary artery disease, both of which increase the likelihood of microvascular complications, the UK researchers say.

In a systematic review and meta-analysis of 11 studies, data from nearly 450,000 participants with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, 25,000 of whom had foot ulcers,