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.
Doctors have used a cancer medication to treat sepsis in mice.
According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis is when a bacterial infection makes its way into the bloodstream. If left untreated, sepsis can lead to tissue and organ death. Most people can usually recover from mild forms of sepsis. However, once septic shock sets in – the latter stage that involves altered mental status and reduced cardiac function – mortality rates increase to nearly 50 percent. According to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1.2 million people were hospitalized for sepsis in 2008 alone.
To more effectively combat the dangers of sepsis, researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have experimented with a series of treatments. One of the more potent methods for beating sepsis comes from a most unlikely source: a cancer-fighting drug.
Case studies are an important way to learn the scope of most wound care regimens.
In some way or another, we’ve all had experiences with a wound care regimen to some degree. It could have been just a minor injury, or part of a long-term treatment to address chronic wounds. Even the same kinds of wounds and infections behave differently depending on the patient. Understanding this nuance is one way to better prepare yourself in case you’ll require wound care down the line.
It’s for that very reason we present the latest in a series of wound care case studies, powerful examples that help inform and educate the average patient. Here are two especially interesting examples:
Caring for diabetic foot ulcers improperly can lead to increased risk for complications like infections.
Preventing and caring for diabetic foot ulcers is a top priority for anyone with diabetes. Approximately 15-25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can quickly become infected, require advanced wound care treatment, and may lead to amputation or an increased risk of serious health problems. Without the right preventative care plan, diabetic foot ulcers can cost a few thousand dollars to treat for the early stages to over $100,000 for infection care and amputation. Fortunately, this can all be prevented by caring for diabetic foot ulcers before they become infected and costly.