SEOUL, August 4 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent study conducted at Soonchunhyang University Hospital revealed that fine dust, which has long been a major health issue and environmental hazard in South Korea, not only worsens respiratory diseases but also diabetic foot syndrome.
Professor Lee Young-gu of the Diabetes Center at Soonchunhyang University Hospital conducted an experiment in which laboratory mice with diabetes were exposed to fine dust, and announced the results on August 3.
Diabetic foot syndrome is often seen in diabetes sufferers who have developed infections in the nerves and blood vessels in their feet. These patients are usually unable to feel pain in their feet due to peripheral nerve dysfunction, often associated with diabetes, and as such infections are left untreated to the point that they can lead to amputation or even cause death.
Lee’s research team inflicted wounds in laboratory mice with and without diabetes, and observed the recovery rate of skin cells when they were exposed to fine dust. The results indicated that mice with diabetes had a slower recovery rate than those without diabetes.
Exposure to fine dust triggers infections that can delay the recovery process for damaged tissue.
“Fine dust and superfine particles are detrimental to anyone with severe respiratory diseases, and we have also discovered that these hazardous substances are harmful to diabetics,” said Professor Lee. “More research must be conducted at the national level to develop a treatment for diabetic foot, which is worsening due to high levels of fine dust.”
The results of the study will be published in the next issue of the ‘International Wound Journal’.
By Nonnie Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)