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135 amputations a week due to diabetes - doesn't just affect the over 60's

135 amputations a week due to diabetes - doesn't just affect the over 60's
Posted on April 24, 2016
Archive : April 2016
Category : News

What a powerful way to illustrate the 135 amputations every single week in England.

This weekend, Diabetes UK have been working with Amp Shoes on a campaign to not only raise awareness of this common complication of diabetes, but also to encourage people to get tested to find out their diabetes UK risk score. 

They set up a pop up shop in London located at 8 Dray Walk, London, E1 6QL from the 22nd – 24th April where every shoe in Amp Shoes represents one of the 135 foot or lower limb amputations every week. Each shoe is labelled with an age and date of amputation.

What a powerful way to reinforce that amputations due to diabetes can happen at any age – it doesn’t just happen to older people. Looking at their website www.ampshoes.co.uk there are people as young as 33 with an amputation.

They have also accompanied this by the social media campaign #oneshoe selfie which encourages people to take a selfie of themselves wearing only one shoe in support of those that have no choice.

 If you suffer from diabetes then the message is clear – check your feet thoroughly every day – it doesn’t matter how old you are, start establishing that daily habit of checking now, so that you aren’t one of the 135/week statistic.

If you aren’t diabetic then still get your diabetes risk score done online through http://www.ampshoes.co.uk/

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