What to know about chronic wounds: Diabetes and amputation prevention

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What to know about chronic wounds: Diabetes and amputation prevention

Be aware. Intervene early. Seek specialized care. 65,000 people lose a limb each year due to diabetes. 55% of diabetics will require amputation on the second leg within 2-3 years and nearly half will die within 5 years. Over 2 million people have a diabetic foot ulcer. 85% of diabetes related amputations are preceded by…

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Management of Neuropathy and Related Ulcers

What is neuropathy? Neuropathy is the result of nerve damage. Diabetes is the number one cause of neuropathy. Over half of people with diabetes have neuropathy. There are other causes for neuropathy such as: Some medications Advanced age Alcoholism Diseases of the nervous system Injuries In diabetes, excess blood glucose can damage small blood vessels….

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Nutrition Is a Very Important Part of Wound Healing

Eating the right foods can help your wound heal. To heal your wound, your body will need to use more calories. Your body will need protein. It will use Vitamin A and C, and sometimes the mineral Zinc. It is important you eat a variety of foods that have the needed nutrition for wound healing. ChooseMyPlate.gov is…

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Exercise Doesn’t Have to be Difficult

We all can think of reasons not to exercise…no time, boring, hate to sweat…you know the excuses. But exercising to heal can really pay off in control of your blood sugar, if you are diabetic. It improves your heart, muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Exercise can lower cholesterol level, provide more energy, and even give…

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Diabetes and Foot Ulcers

Diabetes is a chronic disease. It requires medical attention. The patient must also manage the disease. You may get a wound that may not heal. A wound may not heal from infection, poor blood flow and problem with nerves. These symptoms take time to notice.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

HBOT is used to treat some medical conditions. The treatment takes place in a chamber that you can see out of. Your doctor will evaluate your wound and decide if hyperbaric wound care is for you.

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Elevated Blood Sugars: How Do They Affect Wound Healing?

Constant high blood sugar levels can cause your wounds to heal slowly. It can also cause your wound to not heal. Monitor and control your blood sugar. This is one of the most important things you can do to heal your wound. Work closely with your doctor to heal your wound as quickly as possible….

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