Death by a Thousand Amputations

In Texas’s Rio Grande Valley—where a third of people have diabetes—an alarming number of people are losing limbs to a disease they can’t afford to manage. Chronically underinsured, the region is also overwhelmingly Hispanic—a demographic more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Unable to afford it, Daniel Zamora avoided seeking care for a minor blister that led to the amputation of 2 toes. Diabetes had blocked blood from reaching his toe and healing it.

The Valley is an outlier but diabetes—and diabetic amputations—are climbing nationwide. So are life expectancies and the Latino population, suggesting this region’s issues may foreshadow the nation’s.

Texas Observer

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