Yes it does. Diabetes is an autoimmune problem (or can be) and it does take a lot longer to heal from even the simplest of things! Take a small blister on your foot. Most non-diabetics can stick a plaster on it and it will be fine! We diabetics have to treat it as a medical emergency and keep checking it, dressing it .... or it can quickly turn into something nasty!
I have ok control and still notice that stuff takes longer than I think it should to heal. I've had a few serious wounds that did ok but small stuff, like barking my shin on the coffee table, seems to linger...
StdDev was 23 in my last report on my pump, w/ A1C of 5.2? I am not thinking there's an indicator of a huge control issue? I'm trying to argue that even with ok control, I am seeing the healing issues. Which, of course, concerns me?
just a note on this - soaking isn't the same as getting wet. wounds actually heal much faster in "moist" environments. many people think things need to "dry out" for them to heal - moisture promotes cell formation. I do understand the soaking thing though, and if it's a deep wound, there's an issue getting it wet since you'd be more prone to fungal infections.
I see that skin infections take longer to go away (three weeks) and that I more easily pick up infections, but otherwise I haven't yet noticed a longer time to heal from stuff. Still new PWD at "seven months old." I have had four yeast infections since diagnosis but each was gone in the time that Monostat7 covered it. In total so far, not counting the yeast and skin infections I have had eight infections, of which two were serious (internal organ).
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