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Why are people with diabetes more susceptible to wounds?

Diabetics are more susceptible to wounds due to decreased blood flow, says Brian Evans, MD, from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Learn more in this video.

People with diabetes are more susceptible to wounds because diabetes can affect blood vessels, making them not work as well. Wounds need blood to heal, so decreased blood flow can make wounds hard to heal. Also, people who have diabetes for a long time can develop damaged nerves. As a result, they can injure a foot and not know it because the nerves no longer work to tell them there is pain. With no pain, a person can keep walking on that foot, making it difficult to heal.

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