The Startling Connection Between Diabetes and Poor Wound Healing!

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Minor cuts, scratches, and blisters are typical side effects of an active life. If your body’s wound-healing processes function properly, you may not notice such minor injuries because they heal quickly.

However, in people with diabetes, wound healing can be slowed. If you’re living with diabetes, you probably know that even insignificant scratches and sores can intensify into dangerous wounds. 

By learning exactly why diabetic wound take longer to heal and with the diabetic wound care in Dubai treatment options, you can avoid diabetic wound complications.

How does diabetes affect wound healing?

Several factors influence wound healing in a diabetic patient that, include:

High blood glucose level

If you have diabetes, your body doesn’t know how to control your blood sugar on its own effectively. Consistently high blood sugar levels can cause issues with the immune system, circulation, and nerves, hindering good wound healing.

Poor circulation

Wounds take longer to heal if you have poor circulation. The reason for poor circulation is the thickness of your blood. Elevated sugars in the blood can narrow the blood vessels, especially those in the foot and toes. This slows down wound healing by reducing the ability of white blood cells in blood to fight infection and depriving them of sufficient nutrition and oxygen.

Poor sensibility (Diabetic neuropathy)

People living with diabetes sometimes have neuropathy, a condition that damages the nerves resulting in the loss of sensation. It is common and can severely impact wounds and healing.

The primary issue with diabetic neuropathy is difficulty in the detection of cuts, blisters, ingrown toenails, or calluses because you can’t feel them. Additionally, if you have an early-stage diabetic blister or sore left untreated, it may become infected or a severe wound. The most common wound is the diabetic foot syndrome.

Weakened immune system

If you are living with diabetes, your immune system may be unable to control skin and wound infections. High blood sugar can reduce your body’s defences and weaken your immune system, delaying healing.

How to tell if a diabetic wound isn't healing?

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Diabetic people often have slower-healing wounds, but still, wounds should look significantly better within a 3 weeks. 

The signs that your wound may not be healing properly-

  • Inflammation lasts too long 
  • Inflammation reappears later in the healing process
  • Wound lasts longer than four weeks
  • There are signs of tissue damage or infection.

How can you prevent diabetic wounds?

You can prevent diabetic wounds in the following ways-

  • Make a habit of checking your feet each night.
  • Monitor your blood glucose level on a daily basis.
  • Watch for any new changes or pain.
  • Eat a healthy diet and maintain good nutrition.
  • Pay attention if your feet or toes are numb.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Wear appropriate, well-fitted shoes.

How can a diabetic wound heal faster?

When a person has diabetes, a wound that doesn’t heal can quickly become life-threatening. There are steps you can take at home to ensure that little injuries don’t become big problems-

Find and treat cuts, scraps, and other wounds immediately

When you find a cut or sore,  apply pressure to stop any bleeding. Then cover the wound with a bandage.

If you suffer from neuropathy, watch out for new wounds. Check your hands, feet, and between your toes daily.

Take the pressure off the area

If a wound reopens or experience damage, it won’t heal quickly and may worsen. So avoid putting stress, pressure, and weight on injuries.

This can be tricky for some wounds, like those on your feet. If you need help, consult your doctor about ways to protect your wounds.

Keep your wound clean

When wounds are clean and moist, they heal more quickly. So, it’s essential to clean and cover them right away. If you have a new cut, use a bandage.

But if you have infected wounds, make an appointment with a doctor.

Glucose control

People who control their blood glucose or blood sugar levels are less likely to experience severe wounds that do not heal.

Taking insulin and other medications, making lifestyle adjustments, and maintaining a moderate weight, may substantially improve a person’s blood sugar levels.

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Contact Prof Dr Robert Hierner for diabetic wound management

If you’re living with diabetes and develop a minor wound, keep a close eye on it and utilise at-home treatments. After a few days, if there is no improvement in the wound, see your doctor immediately. 

Prof Dr Robert Hierner is a renowned wound care specialist in Dubai with over 30 years of experience. He is a leading clinician in multidisciplinary scar management and helps people with diabetes with his holistic wound care.

Book your appointment today.