In my new postdoctoral position, I’m studying the biology of and therapies for diabetic chronic wounds.
Oh yea, did I tell you guys I got a new job?
I sort of doing a continuation of my PhD work. Only instead of doing research in chemistry making new materials for new wound healing treatments, I’ll be studying the actual biology of wounds and running some clinical studies to better understand chronic wounds. All of this can give us knowledge to develop new treatments.
To prepare myself for studying chronic wounds, which are common in the foot for diabetic patients, I’ve been searching a lot of background on diabetes itself. If you aren’t in the health field, you might not know the prevalence of diabetes in the United States, which also affects 392 million people worldwide.
Chronic wounds often lead to foot amputations. The saddest part for me in doing all this research is reading that one of the leading causes for these amputations is because patients don’t believe or disregard the treatments their doctors recommend.
Eating healthy and exercise are the best ways to cure Type 2 diabetes. Of course this won’t work for everybody, and unfortunately will not work for Type 1 diabetics, which can develop regardless of your health. (You can see the difference in the two types in the infographic below.) But in many cases, Type 2 diabetes is developed from unhealthy habits. Curing diabetes means fewer chronic foot wounds, and fewer amputations. And it will reduce the cost these patients spend in hospital bills by a tens of thousands of dollars.
I found this infographic to help spread some awareness on diabetes – including prediabetes, where blood sugar is higher than normal.
The only thing we as health advocates can do is help make people aware in order to make better decisions regarding their health.