By Dmgm Latest Reply 2014-01-24 19:30:19 -0600
Started 2014-01-24 01:31:35 -0600

Even after being a DB for 10yrs, and doing well with diet control, I can't understand why I have so much trouble healing. This applies to small skin scratches or cuts etc. Is there something special beside meds that can help in this area?

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Dmgm 2014-01-24 19:30:19 -0600 Report

Thanks for all the comments on "Injuries" . I love this site. I have finally found live people that are coping with DB as I am. I have no one in my family of friends that battle this illness. Thanks again. Dmgm

haoleboy 2014-01-24 15:12:31 -0600 Report

there are several factors that affect a diabetics ability to heal
elevated blood sugar level stiffens the arteries and causes narrowing of the blood vessels narrowed blood vessels reduce the bodies efficiency of delivering white blood cells to the affected area
neuropathy causes nerve damage which can affect your ability to feel the injury or a change in the status of that injury
and as mentioned diabetes lowers the efficiency of our immune systems
you can improve your bodies ability to heal by maintaining proper nutrition (adequate vitamin C is needed to fight infections)

smoking reduces circulation. a healthy cardiovascular system is essential to maintaining the bodies ability to heal

jayabee52 2014-01-24 11:16:30 -0600 Report

Howdy Dmgm

It can also be because one is getting older. I am 62 (early Feb) and have never been this old before. However when I took my Certified Nurse aide training they taught us that the elderly heal slower, even those who do not have diabetes. They also have more fragile skin.

I see it in myself now. My skin is like paper. I undergo dialysis treatments 3 x/wk and they use paper tape and gauze to plug the needle holes. Sometimes that paper tape causes a skin tear (especially when on a new area of skin) and I get like long streaks of blood under the skin (it is not a blood blister) which will remain with me for 3 or 4 weeks until it fades away. It is not a bruise which turns black and blue but a lesion of blood under my skin.

I have also noted that generally speaking my skin is more fragie. I bump myself sometimes without even knowing it, and I will have a wound there.

Growing older is not for sissies! But it beats the alternative!

Praying God's richest blessings on you and yours

James Baker

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-24 09:41:08 -0600 Report

The body has a natural immune system that fights off infection, however with diabetes, the immune system can become impaired. This means that for a non diabetic, a cut or scrape can heal in a day or two depending on the severity of the cut or scrape. In a diabetic the healing will take longer, especially if your diabeties is not well controlled.

The best care for a cut or scrape is to clean the area immediately and keep it dry. Apply a light dressing if needed and change regularly. Only you can decide to use a medication on the area. I am not going to tell you what to use on a wound because not everything works for everyone and over the counter medications can cause a reaction with prescribed medications. Contact your doctor and ask what you can use for cuts and scrapes.

GabbyPA 2014-01-24 08:54:37 -0600 Report

I don't know the reason why we heal slower, but it's just the way it works. I use a couple of things when I have a scrape or cut. I use Neosporin and a bandage even on small cuts. I have also used colloidal silver and that has helped heal me up as well. Keeping on top of it also helps. If you let it go it can take longer, so keep up with it until it's healed up.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-24 09:43:35 -0600 Report

It is called the Immune System. For instance an athlete can heal faster than a non athlete because many of them eat properly and are very active. The immune system of a diabetic is impaired therefore, we tend to heal at a slower rate and are a higher risk of infections.

jaydoubleyou23 2014-01-24 07:40:46 -0600 Report

Even if you have perfect control of your diabetes it still more than likely will happen. That's what the doctor told me and I never understood why either!