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Patients Diabetes (Type 2)

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Member Carenity • Community manager
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A diagnosis of diabetes can impede wound healing; sometimes a simple scrape or cut can turn into a health issue because of the delayed / impeded healing, which can negatively affect one's quality of life and/or increase the risk of developing infections and other complications.

Nerve damage, poor circulation, and the impairment of the function of white blood cells are all effects of diabetes that can lead to the slowing of wound healing.

Have you had any experience with slow wound healing secondary to diabetes?

Do you have any recommendations for others on how to improve wound healing despite a diabetes diagnosis?

Beginning of the discussion - 2/12/19

Wound healing affected by diabetes?
Member Carenity
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I had experience with this when I had a scheduled surgery to remove a small cyst. The wound was slow to heal, but my sugars were a little out of wack than normal because the time of the surgery, I was going through a lot emotionally so I did let things get a little out of control, but nothing in the dangerous ranges. Once I got the BG under control, however, the wound seem to heal up within a week or two without any more draining after a few days.

Wound healing affected by diabetes?
Member Carenity
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I would say yes, but.....  Several years ago, I had major surgery which left me with a large scar down the center of my abdomen.  It healed well, but scar tissue being a little more sensitive and being in a spot that received constant friction from the waistband of my clothes, eventually opened a small wound.  I tried everything I could on my own and finally gave in and went to wound care.  I am sensitive to the adhesive used on otc bandages so that added to the problem.  Wound care was great, but the location of the opening was just not conducive to healing.  The problem was finally fixed after surgery for a hernia repair; they just cut that part out (very small wound) and everything healed fine.  I think the real problem was just the constant friction.