Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
February 4, 2003
Question from Largo, Florida, USA:
I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Why do people with diabetes heal so poorly after a injury?
In your friend’s case, I rather doubt that any slow healing is due to her diabetes. In older people however, who have had diabetes for many years, and especially when blood sugar levels have been poorly controlled, small blood vessels become damaged and this does interfere with the repair process.
Additional comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:
Only people with diabetes whose glucose control is inadequate have problems healing well. If one is in reasonable glucose control and circulation is not impaired, then there should be no reason to have any healing problems at all. Smoking, high lipid levels, hypertension and drug abuse are also associated with poor circulation — and thus poor wound healing.