The diabetic foot: How oxygenation helps against diabetes.

Today we are going to talk about the diabetic foot and the benefits that hyperbaric medicine has on this diabetes-derived condition.

A news story has come to the fore these days in Ana Rosa Quintana’s program, the AR Program, of how hyperbaric medicine has helped a patient with diabetes. This help has been no more so that this patient has managed not to lose the only leg that had left, since they had already had to aim one of them due to the gangrene caused by the diabetes itself.

The treatment of oxygenoterpia to which it was exposed managed to counteract that effect of gangrene provided the oxygen that the skin needed.

Diabetes and hyperbaric medicine

Diabetes is considered a true epidemic of the 21st century. Directly related to current eating habits and overweight, there are currently 246 million people worldwide affected by type 2 diabetes,a figure that according to studies by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), could reach 489 million people by 2030.

One of the complications of diabetics is skin healing problems. These problems in the diabetic patient, in general, and especially in the feet, occur because blood circulation is impaired, there is poor nervous sensitivity that predisposes to other local traumas, less responsiveness to infections and a decrease in cell repair speed and repaired tissues are weak compared to healthy tissue. In short, not enough oxygen reaches damaged tissue.

In fact, diabetes is responsible for 20 lower limb amputations. Spain is the 2nd country in the world with the most sub-member amputations due to type 2 diabetes, according to the Journal Of Diabetic Foot in its October 2014 issue.

This same professional publication argues the need to address the treatment of diabetic foot from a multidisciplinary point of view, where in addition to doctors, surgeons, and endocrinologists and nurses, the application of Hyperbaric Medicine takes a relevant position, an indication endorsed even by the highest authority in the matter, the UHMS (Undersea and Hyperbarical Medical Society).

How oxygenoterpia works in diabetic foot cases

One of the world’s leading experts in Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Nina Subbotina,explains in her book ‘Hyperbaric Medicine’ that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a pathophysiological treatment for diabetic foot. Therapeutics consists of subjecting the patient by breathing pure oxygen at a pressure higher than atmospheric, something that is only achieved in a hyperbaric chamber with the characteristics of the Hyperbaric Medical Clinic of Estepona, HMCE, being of an individual character and therefore being able to apply an exclusive and personalized treatment for the need of each patient , in addition to having all the safety requirements required by modern medicine.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, adds Doctor Subbotin, acts on tissue repair mechanisms altered by hypoxia or lack of oxygen and allows the diffusion of oxygen from in the blood to a deeper level, increases collagen synthesis, increases angiogenesis or creation of new blood capillaries, promotes the response to protection against infection and even improves assimilation enhances the action of some antibiotics.

It is estimated that the costs of diabetes represent between 6.3 and 7.4 of total health expenditure in Spain.

29 of health expenditure is devoted to diabetes control, while approximately 40 is spent treating associated complications.

Patients with type 2 diabetes with complications and associated morbidities generate a 2.4 times higher cost to the health system than those without complications. Diabetic foot is considered a more expensive complication of diabetes.

Having Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy sessions can not only reduce the level of amputation in complicated cases of diabetic foot, but in many cases can completely eliminate this intervention if taken on time.

Hyperbaric Clinic of Estepona

If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact the Estepona Hyperbaric Medical Clinic on 952 806 796 or through the website, where you will be served by qualified professionals able to answer all your questions without obligation.

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