Diabetes is serious. Diabetes affects more than your whole body, it affects your entire life. As many as one in ten Americans have some form of diabetes, and nearly a third of Americans are believed to have prediabetes.
If you have diabetes, it is especially important to take good care of your feet. This is where many of the infections due to diabetes treated by Dr. Serge Lartchenko are seen. Diabetic foot sores can continuously be aggravated by daily activities and become limb-threatening without proper treatment.
Why Are Infections More Serious in Diabetic Populations?
From the nervous system to the digestive system, your body is greatly affected by diabetes. Diabetes directly influences the lymphatic system, the body’s disease-fighting mechanisms. High blood sugar weakens the immune system and diabetes lowers blood flow, leading to a decrease in white blood cells at the extremities.
Studies indicate that diabetics are 21% more likely to contract an infection than the general population and that, in a sample population, approximately 12% of infection-related deaths were aggravated by diabetes.
Diabetics need to be acutely aware of the possibility of infection and consider antibiotic treatment with any wound or surgery. Because infections put patients with diabetes at greater risk than the rest of the population, it is critical they have an infectious disease specialist to turn to. Dr. Serge Lartchenko can guide you through any difficult infection related to diabetes and has the knowledge needed to attack an infection quickly enough to save tissue and prevent amputation.
What Are The Most Common Infections For Diabetics?
The most common infections that affect diabetic patients are foot infections and osteomyelitis (bone infections). Foot infections are prevalent in diabetic populations for a number of reasons. Decreased circulation to the extremities creates a greater likelihood of diabetic patients injuring their foot without realizing it. Read more about diabetic foot issues here.
Another common infection among diabetics is urinary tract infections (UTI). UTIs are among the most common infection, even among the non-diabetic population. Studies suggest that UTIs are substantially more common among diabetic populations. This is the result of a number of factors. The increase in blood glucose leads to raised urine glucose. Consequently, this creates a better environment for bacteria. Additionally, lowered circulation can lead to nerve damage, which makes it difficult to know when you bladder is full. Diabetic patients with nerve issues in the bladder are more likely to hold urine in for too long, which allows bacteria to thrive. To find out more about our treatment options for UTIs, read here.
Texas Infectious Disease Institute Treats Diabetic Complications
If you have diabetes, Texas Infectious Disease Institute recommends you seek treatment through a primary care physician. But, treatment inevitably will take time and some complications may occur in the meantime.
This is where Dr. Lartchenko’s expertise comes in. Complications can stack up quickly in patients with diabetes. Working with an expert and acting quickly can lower your risk of serious complications such as foot amputation.
Methodist Richardson Medical Center handpicked Dr. Lartchenko to join the Wound Care team. This gives him both connections and expertise in treating complex wound infections. Working with an expert can save you from the complications that can develop from diabetic foot infections.
Dr. Lartchenko has worked extensively with diabetic patients and the doctors who treat them, and he is ready to help you too. Schedule an appointment now.