There are many ways diabetics can reduce their risk of amputation.
Amputations occur for a number of different reasons, including trauma and as a result of long-term conditions like diabetes. The Amputee Coalition of America estimated, there are roughly 185,000 new lower limb amputations each year. Not only that, but many researchers believe the numbers will increase significantly by 2050, with an eventual amputee population of 3.6 million Americans. Fortunately, there are steps patients can take to prevent these limb removals, and often they involve effective wound care management.
These figures will help patients better understand diabetes and associated wound care outcomes.
Diabetes is an especially destructive condition. It knows no geographical boundaries and affects the lives of millions of men, women, and children across the globe. Diabetes can also complicate the wound healing process, thus exacerbating the condition.
There is research into diabetes being done all the time; for instance, wounds may heal slowly in these patients due to diminished electrical activity in the body. But there is so much more data available, and it’s important for patients to understand these figures to comprehend both diabetes and the associated wound care outcomes.
A new technique could help treat foot ulcers more effectively.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, diabetic foot ulcers have several primary causes, including the loss of feeling and diminished circulation that accompany diabetes. No matter the cause, though, one thing is clear: these ulcers have become a common scourge for diabetic patients.
According to a 2011 report in the journal Data Points, approximately 10 to 15 percent of diabetics develop an ulcer at least once in their life. With estimates putting the worldwide diabetic population at 300 million people by 2025, there will be a need for increasingly effective treatments.
Fortunately, there is just such a groundbreaking new approach on the way.
New study shows diabetic patients have slower healing wounds due to issues with electrical currents.
Though more than 6 million Americans live with chronic wounds (per figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is an especially prevalent issue in diabetics. In fact a report in Healthy Cells magazine noted that diabetic patients have a 15 percent high risk of developing chronic wounds. That’s because diabetes can impede the body’s natural wound healing processes, leaving patients to deal with painful injuries like ulcers for months at a time.
Now, though, new insight into the true scope of diabetes’ impact on the body have been uncovered. And, this new knowledge could have a significant impact on future wound care regimens for diabetics.
Obesity can be a determining factor in how well wounds heal.
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 69 percent of all American adults are classified as either overweight or obese. Of that group, 35 percent are obese, and nearly 7 percent are considered extremely obese. Obesity is a systemic issue and can raise your risk for a number of different conditions, as the NIH added. That list includes heart disease, strokes, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. But did you know that obesity has another, more subtle effect on the body? It can impede wound healing in most people.