Slow wound healing is a persistent problem for people with diabetes. Foot wounds can be particularly dangerous for diabetes, and without proper treatment, can lead to hospital stays and even amputation. Why does diabetes interfere with healing? Here is what you need to know.
Diabetes impacts healing in a few different ways. People with diabetes, especially those with uncontrolled blood glucose levels, are prone to narrowing of the blood vessels. When blood vessels are narrow, circulation is diminished, so nutrient-rich red blood cells that are necessary for healing can’t make it the injured area effectively. White blood cells, which fight infection, are also impeded. Diabetes can also lead to nerve damage that allows infections to become severe before treatment begins. Damaged nerves can mean that a person with diabetes may not feel the pain of the infection as it is worsening. Diabetes also compromises the immune system, which also slows wound healing.
The Wound Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital specializes in compassionate care for resistant wounds in diabetics. Ask your doctor for a referral to our St. Petersburg hospital or call (855) 245-8328.