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Curcumin, L-arginine and Vitamin E help diabetic foot ulcers

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Sunday Oct 27, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- Some nutrition supplements may help wound healing in those who live with type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to a review released in SkinMed.

H.M. Maier from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA and colleagues reviewed studies and found evidence from animal studies indicating that curcumin, L-arginine and vitamin E as dietary supplements can help wound healing in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients can develop foot ulcers if blood glucose has not been controlled for a long term and an estimated 30% of men and women with diabetes aged 40 or older have ever suffered diabetic foot ulcers, which are caused by an impaired nerve sensation, according to the review.

Diabetic foot ulcers can not only reduce the quality of life of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, but also become an economic burden on patients and the society.  A treatment that can help cure diabetic foot ulcers is highly desired. (David Liu)

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