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PUBLISHED: 16:02 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

A WOMAN who had a toe cut off due to a diabetes complication is to campaign for greater awareness of the condition. Christine Taylor, 41, from Sidcup, will join fellow diabetes amputees at the Body Worlds and The Mirror of Time exhibition at the O2 Arena

A WOMAN who had a toe cut off due to a diabetes complication is to campaign for greater awareness of the condition.

Christine Taylor, 41, from Sidcup, will join fellow diabetes amputees at the Body Worlds and The Mirror of Time exhibition at the O2 Arena, Greenwich, part of diabetes week starting on June 14.

Diabetes is the leading cause of lower-limb amputation with more than 5,000 sufferers each year having to undergo leg, foot or toe amputations.

In October last year, Mrs Taylor had a toe amputated after discovering what looked like an innocuous blister on her foot.

Mrs Taylor said: "The doctors at the hospital were extremely patronising and I felt it was a case of them wanting to operate quickly to free up my hospital bed.

"I was in excruciating pain after the operation and it took a month for me to recuperate, which was a month off work and a month away from my daughter."

She said there was a lack of knowledge among nursing staff related to diabetes.

Diabetes UK's Head of Healthcare and Policy, Bridget Turner, said: "Foot injuries or ulcers in people with diabetes need to be assessed as soon as possible by an expert team.

"The longer they are left untreated, the greater the risk of deterioration and loss of the limb, which has devastating effects on a person's mobility and mood, reducing independence and causing disfigurement.

"Commissioners need to work together with providers, healthcare professionals and people with diabetes within local diabetes networks to deliver high-quality integrated care.

"The consequences of diabetic foot disease are devastating, and it must not be ignored."

Figures from Diabetes UK estimate that one in three people who have the condition are unaware of it, putting them at greater risk of limb amputation.

For information visit www.diabetes.org.uk/silentassassin or call 0845 120 2960.

martin.sawden@arcahnt.co.uk

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