Increasing Prevalence of Diabetes in Australia
According to the 2005 Australian AusDiab Follow-up Study, around 1 million Australians are diagnosed with diabetes with another 16.3% classed as pre-diabetic. It is likely to be an even greater problem than these figures indicate, as it is estimated that for each person diagnosed with diabetes, another diabetic is undiagnosed. This makes a total of around 1.7 million Australian diabetics (diagnosed and undiagnosed)15. The total figure of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated at 3.2 million16.
Diabetes is associated with reduced circulation (peripheral vascular disease) and nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) in the lower extremities. These two factors increase the risk of diabetic or neuropathic wounds in diabetic patients.
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Diabetic or neuropathic wounds in diabetic patients often result in ulceration and full or partial amputation of the toes, feet and/or lower limbs 15, 17, 19. Such diabetic ulcers can usually be found in the lower limb region and are called diabetic foot ulcers. The AusDiab Baseline study (2001) found that 2.1% of diabetics have suffered from foot ulceration before and 19.6 % of people with diabetes are at risk of developing non-healing foot ulcers 18.
The current prevalence rate of foot ulcers lies at 1.7% of adults attending a diabetes clinic20. Diabetes is estimated to account for approximately half of all non-traumatic amputations 17.
Example 1: ulcer fully healed at week 6, photos taken at visit 11 (week 12).
Example 2: ulcer fully healed at week 8, photos taken at visit 11 (week 12).
The non-invasive and quick treatments can easily be integrated into current protocols (i.e. after debridement and wound measurement) and will take approximately 2-6 minutes of painless active treatment.
Biologic Effects of dermaPACE treatments
PACE treatments penetrate the microcirculatory system. PACE treatment results in an increase in perfusion and arteriogenesis, biofilm disruption, a pro-inflammatory response, cytokine and chemokine effects, growth factor upregulation, angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation) and the subsequent regeneration of tissue such as skin, musculoskeletal and vascular structures.
Click to read more about each process:Perfusion & Arteriogenesis
Cytokines and Chemokines
Growth factor Upregulation
15. Australian AusDiab Follow up Study, 2005.
16. Diabetes in Australia. Viewed on 13.05.2013.
17. Diabetes: Australian Facts 2008. Viewed on 16.05.2013.
18. Australian AusDiab Baseline Study, 2001.
19. IDF 2013. Complications of Diabetes. Viewed 13.05.2013.
20. ANDIAB Data 2009.