Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Diabetes 'complicates recovery' risk, study says

Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine looked at nearly 26,000 patients who were hospitalised after trauma injuries between 1984 and 2002.

Those with diabetes were nearly twice as likely to pick up an infection and spent two days longer on a ventilator.

4 comments:

Bill said...

We can't really count on mainstream medicine to address the diabetes crisis - it puts too much money in their pockets.

Ellen Troyer said...

Hold on Bill, mainstream medicine is very concerned about the type2 diabetes epidemic, including the eye care professionals who have the unfortunate job of telling way too many patients that their sight is at major risk because they won't make the necessary lifestyle changes to address the problem. Let's put some of the blame back on the patients where it belongs.

Ginsberg said...

We have always known that the healing process is compromised in the diabetic patient, and that includes postsurgical healing. Amputation is common in this patient group.

But, until mainstream medicine puts more emphasis on teaching their patients about making better lifestyle choices which can help prevent this disease, we are looking at continued misery for tens of thousands of patients in every community in this country.

Jeffrey Anshel said...

And let's not forget about the food industry who is still making BILLIONS of dollars on corn-based junk food (oxymoron) instead of "health food" (redundant). And, oh yes, the government has their share of the responsibility too....