According to the Amputee Coalition, almost two million people in the U.S. are living with limb loss.

Being an amputee can be an isolating experience. While it isn’t easy, there are many resources helping amputees gain mobility and have quality of life. From risk factors to prevention to proper care, here are 10 amputation facts you need to know.

  1. Every day in the U.S., there are over 500 amputations, adding up to more than 185,000 amputations every year.

  2. Diabetes is the leading cause of amputation in America, followed by traumatic injury and cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 33 percent of Americans will have diabetes by 2050.

  3. Sixty percent of amputations are preventable. For example regular foot doctor visits for diabetics could prevent 80 percent of diabetes‐related amputations.

  4. People with lower extremity amputation who smoke cigarettes have a 25 percent higher re‐amputation risk than non-smokers.

  5. Almost half of the people, who have an amputation due to vascular disease like diabetes, will die within five years. That’s higher than the five-year mortality rates for breast, colon and prostate cancer.

  6. As many as 55 percent of diabetics who have a lower extremity amputation, will need to amputate the second leg within two to three years.

  7. African‐Americans are about four times more likely to be amputees than white Americans. Hispanic/Latino Americans are one-and-a-half times more likely than whites to undergo amputations.

  8. The hospital costs of amputation are staggering. A recent price tag totaled $8.3 billion a year.

  9. Over two-thirds of trauma-related amputations happen to adolescents and adults under age of 45.

  10. Getting a prosthetic? The helpful tool can last anywhere from several months to several years, depending on a patient’s age, activity levels and growth.