HBOT and Diabetes

Time : March 09,2021

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Diabetes is divided into two main types:

Type Ⅰ and Type Ⅱ.

Type Ⅰ was previously known as juvenile diabetes because it generally occurs in children and young adults.

It is the most severe form of the disease and is thought to be triggered by an immune system response; recent studies show that the trigger may be the body’s own insulin.

Type Ⅱ, currently, is the cause for so much concern. Certain risk factors are outside of our control, such as aging and particular  racial backgrounds.

But our choices play a role, too, and risk factors include obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

(By extension, regular exercise and maintaining weight within a normal range can help prevent the disease)

In Type Ⅱ diabetes, the insulin-producing cell either don’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells are “insulin resistant”, in that they ignore it or are insensitive to it.

This means that the cells are deprived of glucose, which continues to build up and circulate in the blood

HBOT and Diabetic Foot Wounds

Diabetics are at high risk for foot wounds, which are serious complications of the disease.

Many factors combine to cause these wounds. Part of the diabetic process is damage to peripheral nerves, which include the nerves in the feet responsible for sensation.

Because blood and oxygen supply is limited by the damaged nerve and blood vessels, and the diabetic’s immune system doesn’t function properly, these infections are troublesome and often

don’t heal. In extreme cases, gangrene develops in the wound. (Gangrene is tissue decay that develops under conditions of low blood flow, infection, or both.)

When the damage is severe, it may be necessary to amputate the foot to save the rest of the leg. Or the lower leg may also be amputated as a life-saving measure.

These foot wound infections often are a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria (anaerobic bacteria grow  without oxygen). We have seen over many years that applying

hyperbaric oxygen to these diabetic foot wounds often brings dramatic results.

The Nature of These Wounds

HBOT is an effective treatment for diabetic foot wounds because it improves the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria.

In addition, it directly kills some types of bacteria that grow in low oxygen environments, inactivates toxins produced by others, and increases the effectiveness of a number of antibiotics.

So, HBOT can help the body bring foot infections under control, and then HBOT stimulates healing of skin and bone and encourages the growth of new blood vessels and other tissues, which

them promote healing of these wounds. Rather than an amputation, surgeons need to remove only a minimal amount of tissue ( Via Oxygen Revolution, Dr. Paul G Harch)