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New therapy could reduce diabetes-related amputation

(Tribune Newspapers) Best known as an antidote for underwater diving disorders, [hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)] involves inhaling pure oxygen while reclining in a pressurized chamber.
The intense flood of oxygen to the blood can stimulate cell growth, promote the formation of new blood vessels and fight certain infections, said Dr. Alan Davis…
Swedish researchers have shown HBOT can help foot ulcers heal in certain patients with diabetes, according to a 2010 study published in the journal Diabetes Care. A review of other trials also found that HBOT seemed to reduce the number of amputations in people with diabetes who have chronic foot ulcers, according to a Cochrane Review of the literature.
But while the data on chronic wound healing are promising, research is also sparse and many physicians are still skeptical.
Community: We’ve also seen that HBOT may provide relief from chronic pain. And oxygen applied to broken bones may help them heal.
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