African Americans are 2 to 3 times as likely as those in other ethnic groups to end up losing a limb to diabetes-related circulation problems.
According to the results of a study published in the Southern Medical Journal (August 2002), black Americans under age 45 were twice as likely to lose a limb as other people the same age. Among the oldest age groups, blacks were 3 times as likely as nonblacks to lose a limb.
The researchers looked at hospital discharge records for more than 1 million amputation patients in the country between 1988 and 1996.
They found that 82% of amputations are due to circulatory problems caused by diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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