A RECORD 25 amputations a day on diabetics are carried out by the NHS – fuelled by obesity levels.
Surgeons removed 27,465 legs, feet and toes in England from 2015 to 2018 due to the disease.
That was 14 per cent up on the 24,181 lower body part removals in the previous three years, according to Public Health England.
Four out of five patients will die within five years of losing a limb, officials said.
They called it a “tragedy”, with most cases prevented by losing weight.
Two out of three adults are now overweight or obese.
An estimated five million adults will have type 2 diabetes by 2035 – up from 3.9 million today.
PHE director Dr Jenifer Smith said: “Survival rates and quality of life for people following such major surgery can often be poor.
“This shouldn’t be happening when the condition is preventable.”
Diabetes raises the risk of serious complications including nerve damage and poor circulation which can lead to amputations.
Poor foot health costs the NHS around £1billion a year.
GPs have been told to enrol 200,000 people a year on to the NHS’ Diabetes Prevention Programme, which is now being expanded.
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It offers free slimming schemes to high-risk patients.
Nikki Joule, of Diabetes UK, also urged people to attend their annual NHS foot check.
She added: “Checking your feet daily could be the difference between keeping and losing a foot.”