Researchers are hoping to determine if mature B lymphocytes can speed and improve diabetic wound healing
A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team said they have discovered that mature B lymphocytes may greatly speed the healing process of acute and chronic wounds, including a diabetic foot ulcers, according to a news release from MGH.
Diabetes Awareness Month teaches patients to take an active role in their care, including preventing foot ulcers.
Rather than passive recipients of care, diabetic foot wound patients and the actions they take are an important part of the healing process. With that in mind, the importance of patient self-care in treating diabetes and diabetic wounds is the theme of this year’s Diabetes Awareness Month.
Diabetes patients should take an active role in helping to prevent foot ulcers.
As many as 3.5 million people in the U.S. have developed a diabetic foot ulcer, according to the New England Journal of Medicine’s recent study, “Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Their Recurrence.” Meanwhile, the 2011 St. George’s Vascular Institute study “Lower extremity amputations–a review of global variability in incidence” stated that between 5 percent and 24 percent of people with a history of foot ulceration will be required to undergo limb amputation within 6-18 months.
Talk with a clinician about options for blood glucose management
The American Diabetes Association determined in 2015 – the most recent statistics to date – that 9.4percent of the population in this country has diabetes. People live with the condition every day, and often have to adapt their lives to monitor their blood sugar levels throughout the day. If a diabetic’s blood sugar levels become too high, the individual in question may experience complications, one of which is poor wound healing. According to Wound Care Centers’ website, a diabetic may not notice external wounds such as burns, scrapes or cuts to the skin due to poor circulation. Thus, it is extremely important that an individual with diabetes is aware of the amounts of glucose in his or her blood.
A recent study indicates that consuming large amounts of added sodium could contribute to diabetes development.
The American Diabetes Association stated that approximately 30 million Americans are afflicted with diabetes. Of this number, 95 percent have Type 2 diabetes, where the body is not able to properly use insulin. A portion of those with this condition are able manage their blood sugar levels with diet and exercise, but some are dependent on insulin injections. Some individuals have Type 2 diabetes for life, while others develop it over time. Diet can play a huge role in its development, some clinicians believe, and a recent study indicates that in some cases, consuming large amounts of added sodium may contribute to its emergence.