A Step Toward Diabetic Wound Healing

A Step Toward Diabetic Wound Healing

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the United States’ population had diabetes in 2012, and the numbers have continued to rise. That being said, more than 70,000 lower-limb amputations are conducted each year because of non-healing chronic wounds which diabetics suffer from. But, why? Unfortunately, scientists and doctors still don’t fully understand why diabetic wounds are resistant to healing. Dr. Wolfe, of the Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting (DAOPM), notes that, “Diabetic ulcers are a major problem—they don’t heal,” he adds, “They get infected, are painful, and often lead to mobility problems. Anything to help this process of healing would be a breakthrough.” Researchers from Notre Dame’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, led by Mayland Chang, released a study to attempt to understand this issue. They examined the effects of enzymes and their inhibitors on diabetic mice and published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Through their research, they managed to discover a compound (ND-336) that accelerates diabetic wound healing. While this information’s possibility for opening doors to new treatment strategies is very exciting to researchers, it’s important to know what diabetics can do to prevent themselves from getting wounds in the first place. Dr. Wolfe says, “…the best treatment for a diabetic ulcer is to avoid them. Meticulous foot care is needed,” he goes on to list helpful examples, “moisturization, no bare feet, keeping nails trimmed and groomed, avoiding pedicures where ‘cuticles’ are removed, wearing shoes at the beach, and wearing compression socks as needed.” Finally, Dr. Wolfe advises that “If a wound can’t be avoided, seek immediate medical attention.”

By | 2018-11-22T05:47:14+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Skin Care|0 Comments

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