Diabetes-related amputations: 85% avoidable, declares podiatrist Peter Allton Thursday 18 June 2015 PDF Print Every twenty seconds, somewhere in the world, an amputation is performed on a person with diabetes In the last week alone, there were over 30,000 lower limb amputations caused by diabetes worldwide – equivalent to one every twenty seconds. London-based podiatrist Peter Allton says that 85% of these could be avoided. Critical to this is teaching people who have diabetes to manage their condition effectively. This fact has compelled Peter to write a book about the importance of foot health in people living with diabetes called ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’. As someone who lives with Type 2 diabetes, Peter understands that education is vital to managing the condition. “If someone with diabetes develops a foot ulcer, their survival chances are worse than those of someone with prostate or breast cancer. A person with a foot ulcer has an 80% chance of not surviving five years, compared to 18% and 40% respectively for a person with breast or prostate cancer. “Diabetes can be extremely difficult to live with if you don’t have the right information and strategies in place.” When his daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eleven Peter decided to take action, start the global ‘Undefeeted’ campaign and promote good foot health for diabetes sufferers. ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’ will be launched at 7PM on Tuesday June 23 at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED. The book focuses on helping people with diabetes live in what Peter calls the ‘diabetic sweet spot’ – the safest possible position for them. The ‘sweet spot’ refers to a combination of knowledge and awareness of their personal risk and taking appropriate action that helps them to live full and healthy lives. The book is aimed at those with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, their family members, friends and carers. The ‘Undefeeted’ campaign has drawn praise from leaders in the global diabetes and podiatry communities. Professor Mike Edmonds, Consultant Diabetologist at Kings College Hospital, UK: “Any movement to reduce the number of amputations in diabetic patients needs our full praise and support, so I heartily endorse this crusade!” Dr David G Armstrong, Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona, USA and Director at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA): “Every twenty seconds, somewhere in the world, an amputation is performed on a person with diabetes. The good news is that nearly all of these are ultimately avoidable. My colleagues at SALSA and I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Peter and Tina and look forward to a day when we can remain ‘Undefeeted’!” Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, North Carolina USA: “Congratulations on your hard work. I am inspired by the work of Peter Allton and Undefeeted. What an extraordinary mission!” Peter has 27 years of experience as a podiatrist, having qualified in 1988. He has since treated over 200,000 feet. He is the clinical director of Circle Podiatry, the UK’s only multi-award-winning private podiatry company. Peter runs podiatry practices in Lewisham, South London and Oxted, Surrey, assisted by his wife, practice manager Tina Allton. ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’, written by Peter Allton and published by Filament Publishing, is available from Circle Podiatry Practice, 316 Lewisham Road, London SE13 7PA or from www.undefeeted.org after launch. Links: http://www.circlepodiatry.co.uk/ http://www.undefeeted.org/ http://www.iod.com/ ENDS Journalists are welcome to attend the book launch and Peter would be delighted to take part in interviews on the night as well as after the event. Media information provided by Famous Publicity. For more information, please contact: George Murdoch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07834 643 977. Tina Fotherby at email@example.com or 07703 409 622. About Peter Allton Peter Allton is the clinical director of Circle Podiatry, the UK’s only multi-award-winning podiatry ‘brand’. As a podiatrist his life’s work has been fixing people’s feet and lower limbs. He is also the founder of ‘Undefeeted’, a global campaign, powered by Circle Podiatry, which aims to reduce the number of avoidable diabetes-related lower limb amputations. After spending 13 years working in community and hospital clinics for the NHS in the UK, Peter set up his private practise in 2001: Circle Podiatry. He qualified as a podiatrist in 1988 and has treated more than 200,000 feet. In 2005 his wife Tina left her teaching career to become practice manager and has become a driving force behind the success of Circle Podiatry. Together they have led their team to win numerous awards and become the UK’s only multi-award-winning podiatry brand. Peter has always been aware of the importance of diabetes when treating feet, especially since he was diagnosed with Type 2 in 2010. But it was his daughter’s diagnosis with Type 1 at the age of 11 that changed the emphasis of his career forever. He realised that he was probably the only podiatrist in the world with Type 2 and a daughter with Type 1 and he has since made it his mission to do something about the horrific diabetes statistics. Every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person with diabetes is undergoing a lower limb amputation. It is estimated that 85% of these could be avoided. It is Peter’s vision that by 2035 the ‘Undefeeted’ campaign will help to cut that number by two thirds. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Undefeeted in the following categories: Men's Interest, Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, Business & Finance, Education & Human Resources, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.