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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Type 2 Diabetes - How Diabetes Affects Wound Healing!


It is inevitable all of us are going to experience cuts and wounds at some point in our life. For a non-diabetic, this is just a part of life. But for a diabetic, it can easily become something much more serious. For people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, a wound can even escalate into a life-or-death situation. That's why it is imperative for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes to understand how their condition affects wounds.

A diabetic wound is much slower to heal because of the effect high and unstable blood sugar has on the immune system. Since the body of a diabetic is far less capable of protecting itself in the first place, it also means once an injury such as a wound occurs, it is also far less capable of healing it.
Why are these repair capabilities so limited in diabetics? There are three main reasons:

1. The immune system has been compromised. Diabetics are more susceptible to wounds because of a weakened immune system. This means minor cuts and wounds that would typically heal under normal circumstances, won't have a no healthy functioning immune system to help them do so.

2. The blood vessels which supply blood and much-needed oxygen to the wound have become damaged by high levels of blood sugar. With these delivery systems interrupted, it means the diabetic's body cannot send the nutrients that are required to help heal the wound.

3. Nerves located in the affected areas which would normally signal the brain a wound is present and the body's defenses have been compromised, have lost their ability to effectively communicate. Nerves, which are now damaged due to Type 2 diabetes, are no longer able to sufficiently warn the body of the injury. As a result, the injury goes undetected and is, therefore, allowed to get worse.

How serious can this situation become? According to statistics, almost half of all amputations that take place in the U.S. are due to complications from diabetes. One of the most common scenarios is when a wound is not properly identified and treated in a timely manner, it then progresses to the point the area becomes dead and has to be removed through amputation in order to save the diabetic's life. But the bad news doesn't stop there. Statistics show that there is a high rate of mortality following lower limb amputation.

The best way to defend your body and maintain a healthy immune system, is to keep your blood sugar under control. The more they are mismanaged, the more resulting damage a wound will create.
Type 2 diabetes and the problems associated with this condition need not control your life. You can take control of the disease and take back your health.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.
The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.
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