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New Treatment Can Lower Incidents of Diabetes Related Amputations

Fri, 27 Apr 2012

A has a small blister on his foot. Five days on the 62 year old's foot was so seriously infected that doctors feared his lower leg may need to be amputated .

The patient, who has Type 2 diabetes, opted for the new treatment known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

HBOT is most well known as an antidote for underwater diving disorders, it involves inhaling pure oxygen whilst reclining in a pressurised chamber.

The intense flood of oxygen to the blood can trigger cell growth, promote the formation of new blood vessels and combat specific infections, says Dr. Alan Davis, who is the director of the Center for Wound Care and HBOT at Northwest Hospital, near Baltimore.

Swedish research has highlighted that HBOT can enable foot ulcers heal in particular diabetic patients.

Another review of multiple trials also discovered that HBOT appears to lower the number of amputations diabetics incur who have chronic foot ulcers.

However, whilst the data on chronic wound healing is promising, research is scarce sparse and lots of physicians remain sceptical.

Diabetes happens when an individual can not generate the normal amount of insulin, or utilise it correctly. Insulin controls our blood sugar; should our blood sugar levels get excessively high, blood vessel and/or nerves can be harmed.

Damage to blood vessels or nerves can result in a loss of circulation or low sensation to the feet which renders it difficult to detect a sore or injury.
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