By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com
People with diabetes face the possibility of a number of serious complications, including poor wound healing. Now a new study has found that application of a topical statin drug speeds up wound healing in mice with diabetes.
Could a statin drug help diabetic wound healing?
Diabetes has several characteristics that make recovering from wounds more challenging. For example, people with diabetes have a weakened immune system, which makes healing more problematic. Nerve damage (neuropathy), which is common in diabetes, can make individuals unable to feel the pain associated with a cut or blister until it becomes infected.
Diabetes is also associated with narrow arteries, which makes it more difficult for blood to reach a wound and facilitate healing. Overall, 15 percent of people with diabetes will develop wound problems, and diabetics also have a 15-fold increased risk of amputation, with about 82,000 diabetics undergoing amputation each year. Foot wounds are the most common type of wound complication.
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