If you have diabetes, you know that wounds are a major health concern. Even small wounds like paper cuts, scratches and insect bites can become a life-threatening issue for diabetic patients, but what is it about diabetes that makes wounds so dangerous? Here are three of the main factors that make diabetic wound healing a challenge.
High blood glucose levels destroy nerves over time and lead to a loss of sensitivity in the arms, legs, hands and feet, which is called diabetic neuropathy. Patients may not feel when they get a wound and have little or no pain to alert them to a wound that is worsening or becoming infected.
Diabetic wound healing is also impacted by poor circulation that results from the narrowing of blood vessels. These damaged vessels can't carry enough oxygen-rich blood to the wound, so the tissues take much longer to heal.
Infections are the biggest risk of chronic wounds, and high blood glucose levels impair the body's ability to fight off pathogens. Bacterial infections can lead to amputations, sepsis or even death. Keeping chronic wounds clean and dressed is of the utmost importance for all diabetes patients.
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