People tend to associate diabetes solely with problems involving blood sugar, but there's more to it than that. One lesser-known aspect of diabetes is that it can frequently inhibit the body's natural healing processes. Diabetes is a small vessel disease. Poor circulation (blood flow) can make your foot less able to fight infection and to heal.
Diabetes causes blood vessels of the foot and leg to narrow and harden. Diabetics with open skin wounds are at much higher risk of those wounds developing secondary infections, because those wounds are extremely slow to heal. Sometimes, they refuse to fully heal at all.
Diabetes awareness is an important topic, both for diabetics and anyone who works or lives with one. Here are some of the facts on the diabetic wound healing process which everyone should know.
Three Important Things To Know About Diabetic Wound Healing Process
Diabetics can develop debilitating foot wounds without realizing it.
Why do diabetics have problems with wounds? Diabetes can actually cause a wide range of symptoms, up to and including numbness in the extremities - especially the feet. Some diabetics suffer from neuropathy and are unable to feel their own feet, and that makes diabetic wounds particularly threatening. They could have an ulcer on their foot for days, even weeks, without even realizing it's there.
This is why diabetic wounds can actually lead to limb amputation. If the ulcer is in a hard-to-see location on the foot, the diabetic may not even realize it's there until it's done irreparable damage.
Managing glucose can help prevent problematic wounds.
While science has not yet explored all the links between diabetes and the diabetic wound healing process, poor glucose management is a major part of the problem. Diabetics who keep good control of their blood sugar are less likely to lose feeling in their feet, less likely to develop sores, and those sores are more likely to heal properly. Of course, it's no guarantee. Being diabetic means constant vigilance, particularly to prevent diabetic wounds.
New Possibilities For Diabetic Wound Treatment
Traditionally, science-based medicine has had difficulty encouraging diabetic wounds to heal - but now Lavior has a new alternative diabetic wound healing product. Our Diabetic Wound Care Gel features a uniquely grown species of Inula Viscosa, a Mediterranean plant long known for its effectiveness as a topical antibiotic and skin wound treatment. A unique specie of Inula Viscosa is part of our specially-formulated and scientifically-tested AGS Botanical extract blend.