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The post, not 100% true is a good one that reminds us to check our toenails.
They can be affected by diabetes but dont show that we do have diabetes. Unfortunately:
1- they can be long and scratch the next toe causing a wound
2- they can become thick and then cause pressure wounds underneath the nails
3- they can home fungus which then can infect wounds and make them hard to heal
4- they can rip and lift- causing wounds.
So making sure that a diabetics toenails are all good is helpful for wellness.
Sounds icky but fish skin has been found to heal wounds quicker and reduce how much bacteria can be in a wound.
Sounds promising but 2 things are always in the background of any wound healing product:
1- many of them cost quite a bit of money. So they usually are only applied to wounds which you know will benefit from the dressing
2- most dressings are applied poorly to the type of wound. There are tons of dressings out there and all are quite different from each other. I have seen 4 dressings on some wounds each wiping out each other- that one wound was costing $100s per time and it wasn't healing.
A start-up has figured out a way to detect foot skin breakdowns in Diabetics before they occur.
What is this witchcraft?
It is a temperature reading pad that you stand on. Patients stand on the mat and it reads which area is warmer than the others- a start indicator of a skin breakdown.
Pretty cool stuff. And in 97% of cases it actually detect warmth and a breakdown before it happened.
The only problem was adherence- you have to get someone to stand on it, if they tuck it away or forget, then no point.
However, if a patient is designated high risk then weekly visits or monthly visits to a clinic would allow them to get onto a mat. Secondly, higher risk patients usually have other issues which they see the doctor for regularly- or have a nurse coming to the home regularly.
So there is a way to increase patients actually using it.
There are a few posts going around about diabetics who can not feel that much within their feet getting sun burnt and not knowing about it. The remedy? To apply sun screen.
The problem? The feet shouldn't be looking at the sun in the first place!
As a diabetic you main goal is prevention- prevention of complications and issues. With diabetic feet you want to prevent them from trauma and getting hurt. So having your feet on show for the summer opens them up to potential trauma from stubbing your toes, having gravel/ grit going under your feet, sun burns etc.
So closed in shoes is really required.
There is some research that hints about the role of Metformin in treating diabetic blood sugars. Metformin is a common and widely used drug. But what has been found out is that it also helps to maintain and create new flora within the users gut. In doing this the new flora create small chain fatty acids which- reduce blood sugars. This is huge. Scientists have always known that a diabetics tummy and gut have something to do with diabetes- not the size but what they can do. This seems to point in a possible direction.