Diabetic foot ulcer severity predicts mortality in veterans with diabetes

Dr. Meghan Brennan et al. recently conducted a study of a national cohort of veterans with type 2 diabetes who developed incident diabetic foot ulcers, and found that compared to early-stage ulcers, gangrene was increased with an increased risk of mortality over the next 1, 2, and 5 years. The authors also found that initial diabetic foot ulcer severity was a more significant predictor of subsequent death than diagnosed vascular disease, such as stroke, coronary artery disease, or peripheral arterial disease.

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