Healing wounds faster could be made simpler by adding a spoon of sugar.

Researchers have found that sugar helps wounds heal by aiding new blood vessel formation.

Blood vessels carry blood around the body, suppling the body with oxygen and nutrients. New blood vessel formation, also known as angiogenesis, is crucial for wound healing.

Cost-effective way to heal wounds faster

This new way of stimulating blood vessel formation uses a combination of inexpensive sugar added to a hydrogel bandage.

It is more cost-effective than the traditional methods of adding short-lived growth factors.

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“Throughout the world, people are living longer and unfortunately experiencing more non-healing skin wounds associated with age, poor blood supply and diabetes. These are often difficult to treat and are very expensive for healthcare systems to manage,” says Professor Sheila MacNeil from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

“The new skin healing technique using simple sugars, promises to aid wound healing more simply, meaning patients would need less treatment, clinicians could treat more patients and significant savings could be made by national healthcare systems.”

These findings are key to developing simple and low-cost wound dressings for treating poor-healing wounds, like diabetic ulcers and chronic ulcers in the elderly.

Source: University of Sheffield via www.sciencedaily.com

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