A new program pairs diabetic patients with podiatrists to ensure early detection of harmful ulcers.
There is a profound link between diabetes and foot-related injuries for patients across the world. In fact, per a groundbreaking study published in the JAMA Network, 25 percent of all diabetics will experience foot wounds at some point in their lives. That’s because many diabetic patients must deal with peripheral neuropathy, in which they lose sensation in their hands and feet.
This can lead to cuts and other injuries, which can eventually develop into painful ulcers. And, as a report from the American Diabetes Association pointed out, nearly 20 percent of those foot ulcers will require amputation.
But that doesn’t have to continue to be the case, and there are some doctors and researchers who are taking steps to better prevent ulcers and any accompany side effects.
Proper sleep can help heal wounds more effectively and ensure you reach peak productivity.
Anyone who has spent a night tossing and turning knows the frustration and lack of productivity that follows the very next day. Sleeplessness as a whole has become a huge issue in recent years: Per a December 2014 survey from the National Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of Americans didn’t get enough ZZZs at least once in a week-long span.
A lack of proper rest doesn’t just cause you to feel agitated or prevent you from getting work done but can also increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes and impact normal wound healing.
A new treatment for melanoma has implications for wound healing.
As the Mayo Clinic explained, melanoma is a form of cancer that attacks melanocytes, or the cells in your skin responsible for its color. From the skin, the cancer can worsen and move into your internal organs. The American Cancer Society predicted 76,380 new cases of melanoma would be diagnosed in 2016 alone, and that 10,130 people would die of the disease that same year.
There are already several promising treatments for melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society, namely solutions like immunotherapy and specialized vaccines. One such therapy is not only proving to be effective in combating melanoma, it has one other important side benefit: aiding wound healing.
With preventative measures and the right wound care products, you can overcome ulcers.
According to the most recent estimates from the American Diabetes Association, there were 29.1 million Americans – 9.3 percent of the total population – living with diabetes as of 2012. While there are quite a few conditions associated with diabetes, foot ulcers are among the most severe.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, these diabetic foot ulcers occur in approximately 15 percent of all diabetic individuals. And while some people only associate these diabetic foot ulcers with pain or discomfort, six percent of that group will have to be hospitalized due to complications or infection, and 85% of foot amputations are preceded by ulceration.
But ulcers don’t have to have such a massive effect on patients, and there are several ways to counter these painful wounds.
The work of Northwestern University scientists, a new bandage features a special protein that greatly improves wound healing.
Diabetic foot ulcers are not only painful, but they’re a potentially life-altering and even fatal medical condition. Of the 29.1 million Americans who live with diabetes (per figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 15 percent will eventually develop ulcers, according to a study in the journal Diabetes Care. Not only that, but as data from the American Diabetes Association revealed, 84 percent of all lower limb amputations are preceded by ulcers.
While there are already several effective wound care products available, doctors are continually exploring new ways to better combat this condition. The latest such innovation comes courtesy of a team of biomedical engineers and researchers from Northwestern University.