A rise in diabetes has prompted an exploration of new treatment options for diabetic wounds.
The number of cases of diabetes in the U.S. is on the rise, which is also increasing the number of cases of diabetic wounds. But clinicians are meeting the challenge with new approaches to diabetic wound care.
These new developments may be coming at the right time. More and more Americans of all ages are facing situations where wound care treatment, including diabetic wound care, is becoming necessary.
The surge of new cases
For instance, the American Diabetes Association states that there are more than 1.5 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed each year, while the American Hospital Association predictsthat by the year 2030, approximately 1 in 4 Baby Boomers will be diagnosed with diabetes.
On the other end of the age spectrum, diabetes among young people is on the rise as well, which is baffling experts.
In a recent study, the National Institute of Health found that both Types 1 and 2 diabetes in people under 20 have risen sharply from 2002 to 2012. Type 1 diabetes rose approximately 2 percent each year during that period, while Type 2 diabetes rose by 5 percent during the same period. Type 2 diabetes also carries with it the possibility of slow-healing sores and wounds.
The reason for the increase is “unclear” reported representatives for the NIH, who conducted the study with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The increases in diabetes across the board have resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of chronic wounds that have proven to be resistant to traditional treatments. But the problem has resulted in new treatments that have produced impressive results.
Some of these new treatments, according to Richard M. Basile, M.D. in The Berkshire Eagle, include:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – The patient is placed in a hyperbaric chamber that delivers 100 percent oxygen at an elevated atmospheric pressure. This increases the amount of oxygen delivered to the body’s tissues, which accelerates the healing process. The procedure is administered for several hours during several visits.
- Growth factor therapy – In this treatment, human growth cells are applied to the wound in the form of a topical gel. The growth cells, developed in laboratories, are a natural human substance that serves to stimulate the development and proliferation of cells to promote wound healing.
- Skin substitutes – Bio-engineered from living human cells, skin substitutes serve to not only close the wound but also reduce pain and replace missing skin. Skin substitutes can be either natural or synthetic and the synthetic versions have been shown to be as effective as natural skin.
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