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Doctors lead discussion of diabetic wounds, other complications of diabetes

NOV. 21, 2013 - One of the most common complications associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is delayed wound healing. If left untreated, wounds can lead to infection, amputation, and even death. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputation in the United States. 

Healing problems are caused by diabetes-related conditions that cause the small blood vessels in different parts of the body, especially in the extremities (hands and feet), grow narrower and reduce the blood circulation to those areas. Lack of circulation can result in a reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body tissue and nerves needed for healing.

Advocate South Suburban Hospital is hosting a physician-led discussion, “Treatment Options for Living with Diabetes” to explore options for those who are dealing with diabetes, delayed wound healing and other complications of diabetes.  The event will be hosted by internal medicine specialist, Navneet Singh, MD and plastic surgeon, David Dreyfuss, MD, both on staff at Advocate South Suburban Hospital.

“Treatment Options for Living with Diabetes” will take place on the on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at the Matteson Holiday Inn’s Oak Room at 550 Holiday Plaza Dr. Matteson, IL 60443.  The complimentary breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and the presentation will start at 9 a.m.

Those who would like to attend can register for the event by call in 1-800-323-8622.

Prevention of diabetic wounds and other complications is critical for diabetic patients to ensure a normal and active healthy life, says Dr. Singh.

“Diabetic patients must remember that diabetic wounds can be disabling and life threatening in some cases,” he says.”It is critical that people practice simple prevention to avoid the serious threat of non-healing wounds and other complications of the disease.” 

Dr. Singh says that prevention should begin with: 

  • Controlling diabetes by following your doctor's recommendations for treatment and lifestyle modifications that include a healthy diet, regular exercise, cessation of smoking and regular monitoring of blood glucose levels
  • Daily inspection and cleaning of your extremities as they are more prone to ulcers and injuries
  • Carefully trimming the nails with a safe nail trimmer (refer to an expert if the patient requires extra care or if there are skin lesions
  • Always wear dry, clean socks to help protect your feet, and never walk barefoot (avoid tight socks that may reduce the blood circulation to the feet)

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