Table 1—

Demographic characteristics in diabetic veterans with and without amputations

CharacteristicsDiabetesIncident amputationPrevalent amputation
n426,6293,2899,527
Age (years)64.1 ± 11.466.0 ± 10.2*66.35 ± 9.64
Age category
 <40 years10,594 (2.5)24 (1.7)*38 (0.4)
 40–64 years196,414 (46.1)1,424 (43.3)3,507 (36.8)
 65–74 years152,180 (35.7)1,275 (38.8)3,999 (42)
 75+ years67,309 (15.8)565 (17.2)1,982 (20.8)
Male (%)97.499.3*99.3
Ethnicity
 White239,422 (56.1)2,126 (64.6)*6,016 (63.1)
 African American65,181 (15.3)804 (24.4)2,394 (25.1)
 Hispanic26,277 (6.2)267 (8.1)878 (9.2)
 Asian2,040 (0.5)6 (0.2)14 (0.1)
 Native American1,717 (0.4)30 (0.9)72 (0.8)
 Unknown91,992 (21.6)56 (1.7)153 (1.6)
Region
 Northeast91,164 (21.4)655 (19.9)*1,932 (20.3)
 South161,745 (37.9)1,299 (39.5)3,929 (41.2)
 Midwest91,392 (21.4)742 (22.6)2,007 (21.1)
 West82,328 (19.3)593 (18.0)1,659 (17.4)
Non–service connected, n (%)250,795 (58.8)2,151 (65.4)*5,898 (61.9)
Primary care provider visit49,301 (70.5)320 (65.8)1,101 (71.2)
Visit to a diabetes educator24,802 (35.5)186 (38.3)541 (35)
  • Data are means ± SD or n (%).

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    * P < 0.005 significant for trend within categories as determined by tests or for the mean of continuous variables using independent t-test for veterans with incident amputations versus veterans without amputations.

  • P < 0.005, significant for trend within categories as determined by tests or for the mean of continuous variables using independent t-test for veterans with previous amputations versus veterans without amputations. Prevalent and incident categories of patients are not mutually exclusive.