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QuickStats: Prevalence of Lower Extremity Disease (LED)* Among Adults Aged >40 Years With and Without Diabetes --- United States, 1999--2000

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*LED includes presence of either peripheral arterial disease (ankle-brachial blood pressure index <0.9), peripheral neuropathy (>1 insensate area), foot ulcers, or lower-extremity amputation.

During 1999--2000, approximately 20% of U.S. adults aged >40 years had LED, with LED nearly twice as prevalent among those with diabetes compared with those without diabetes. Additional information is available at

SOURCE: Gregg EW, Sorlie P, Paulose-Ram R, et al. Prevalence of lower extremity disease in the U.S. adult population >40 years of age with and without diabetes: 1999--2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Diabetes Care 2004;27:1591--7.

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