Diabetics must take special care of their feet to avoid ulcers.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic patients contend with a number of complications, including skin infections, glaucoma and, in some cases, kidney damage. Diabetic foot ulcers are especially common, affecting about 15 percent of all patients, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Despite those figures, these specific ulcers are easy to manage. All it takes is the right understanding and a few specialized forms of treatment.
A new dressing technique could help reduce the number of diabetic amputations.
For those individuals living with diabetes, foot ulcers continue to be a massive obstacle in their ongoing treatment. According to a 2009 report from the American Diabetes Association, diabetics have a 25-percent lifetime risk of developing these painful ulcers. And while a proper wound care regimen can often be enough to address ulcers, nearly 6 percent of all cases end in amputations, according to a 2012 report from the DEcIDE Network. But that might not always be the case. Thanks to an innovative new technique, that rate of amputation could decrease noticeably in the near future.
Compression therapy is particularly beneficial for patients with diabetes.
Compression socks are worn to improve circulation in patients with various medical issues, such as diabetes and varicose veins or those at risk of developing blood clots. As a non-invasive treatment method, compression therapy serves as a tool for maintaining the right amount of pressure in your feet and legs. So, how do compression socks work and why are they particularly helpful for people with diabetes?
Diabetic wound treatment methods require high attention to achieve healing.
By 2030, it is estimated that more than 550 million people around the world will have diabetes. Approximately 25% of these diabetic patients will develop foot ulcers during their lifetime, which often require advanced diabetic wound treatment to prevent complications. To help achieve the optimal healing environment and protect against problems, there are six key factors to consider when treating diabetic wounds.
The diabetic drug glyburide could be used to help heal chronic wounds.
Glyburide is among many popular drug options for Type 2 diabetes treatment. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, the drug works by causing the body to produce extra insulin, which helps break down sugars. According to a 2008 review published in the journal Pharmacological Reports, a number of studies have demonstrated that glyburide had between an 80 and 85 percent success rate. According to a recent press release, one researcher from the University of Illinois at Chicago has announced plans to use glyburide for another purpose entirely: to develop more effective wound healing regimens for diabetic patients.