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Health Indicator Report of Lower Extremity Amputations Among Persons with Diabetes

Individuals with diabetes are unable to effectively produce or use insulin. This can lead to changes in blood vessels and nerves in the lower extremities resulting in ulceration as well as amputation. The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of all diabetic foot amputations can be prevented with proper diabetes management and care.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective DM-2. Data for Whites, Blacks, and Asians/Pacific Islanders do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes all races.

Data Sources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, []
  • Population Estimates, [ State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Uniform Billing Patient Summary, Division of Health Care Quality and Assessment, New Jersey Department of Health, []


Incidence of lower extremity amputations per 1,000 persons diagnosed with diabetes


Number of lower extremity amputations among persons with diagnosed diabetes


Estimated number of persons with diagnosed diabetes

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the rate of lower extremity amputations in persons with diagnosed diabetes

U.S. Target: None. Tracking for informational purposes only.

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective DM-2''': Reduce the rate of lower extremity amputations per 1,000 persons with diagnosed diabetes to 2.4 for the total population, 2.5 among Whites, 4.3 among Blacks, 1.3 among Hispanics, and 0.5 among Asians.

What Is Being Done?

Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) is a comprehensive program that can dramatically reduce lower extremity amputations in individuals with Hansen's disease or any condition that results in loss of protective sensation in the feet. The five-step program promotes annual foot screenings, patient education, daily self inspection, footwear selection, and management of simple foot problems as key prevention measures for avoid amputation.

Health Program Information

US Department of Health and Human Services' LEAP Program: []
Page Content Updated On 08/14/2018, Published on 08/17/2018
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