Research Reveals Drug Potent at Treating Diabetic Ulcers
New research shows the diabetic foot ulcers in a group of patients who took a drug called polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) were twice as likely to heal within eight weeks as the ulcers in patients was not given the drug. A report published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism states that 216 people with diabetic ulcers were given either PDRN or a placebo.
The scientists observed that the ulcers disappeared completely in 18.9 percent of the placebo group and 37.7 percent of the group that took the real drug. “This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” said Dr. Francesco Squadrito, an expert from the University of Messina.
Diabetes is a disease that can be particularly devastating to the feet. If you have diabetes and you’re concerned about the health of your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of the Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan. Dr. Cohen can check out your lower limbs and tell you what to do to prevent a problem from occurring.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
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