Researchers have identified a gene that may help prevent diabetes.
Researchers from around the world have collaborated on a study that may help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, thereby reducing chronic risks associated with the disease such as amputation. Led by a team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, scientists were able to identify a new gene mutation that protects people against the disease. The discovery of this genetic mutation may allow researchers to develop drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes in an estimated 26 million Americans alone, according to a news release from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. If this novel treatment method is developed, it could lead to better outcomes for diabetics who currently manage the disease with insulin and other medications.
A new smartphone app could help improve healing of diabetic foot ulcers.
Advancements in technology have led to great developments for the improvement of clinical wound care, from lasers that help close non-healing lesions to devices that monitor bedsores. Technology has also improved the way that people manage their diabetes as well as foot ulcers that stem from this chronic metabolic disorder. One such example is a new smartphone application currently in clinical testing that aims to help diabetics manage their conditions and enhance healing of diabetic foot ulcers: Sugar.
Neuropathy can lead to a variety of complications, including a higher risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers.
Taking care of your feet is crucial when you have diabetes. Neglect can lead to serious complications, such as diabetic foot ulcers that, if they become gangrenous or infected, may require amputation. One of the most common issues caused by diabetes is neuropathy, nerve damage that can be harmful to all parts of the body, particularly the extremities. Learn more about neuropathy and ways to avoid nerve damage:
Yoga may be an ideal exercise for people with neuropathy at a heightened risk of diabetic foot ulcers.
One of the most pressing issues for people with diabetes is the heightened risk of diabetic foot ulcers. According to the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, some 11 million Americans are afflicted by this metabolic condition. Of those, an estimate one-fourth experience foot problems. An astounding 1 in 15 go on to have a limb amputated.
Stem cell therapy has the potential to speed up wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers.
The medical world strives to come up with solutions to the diabetic foot ulcer, one of the most harrowing issues affecting people with diabetes. Research and development efforts lead to new discoveries and advancements all the time, and a recent announcement by a leading Texas foot surgeon emphasized the use of stem cell therapy for healing ulcers on the feet of diabetics.