A ‘new polymer’ heals old diabetic wounds


Scientists have developed a poly (tetrahydrofurfamilial methacrylate) polymer that can especially heal the diseases of diabetics. Photo: File


Nottingham: Diabetic wounds are very difficult to heal and now with the help of new polymers, the way has been paved to heal these long-standing diseases.


In diabetes patients, both blood vessels and flow are affected. In this way, the skin is not formed on the wound and thus the wound continues to leak and heals with great difficulty. But now Professor Amir Ghim Mughami of The University of Nottingham and his colleagues have tried 315 different types of polymers to heal the wound. During this time, all the issues of early recovery were carefully reviewed.



Experts were looking for polymers that could increase the activity of amniotic cells and fibroplasts, both of which play an important role in making skin on the wound. Finally, experts have made a new polymer that is biologically very suitable. It has been named poly (tetrahydrofofuryl methacrylate) called PTHFUA which proved to be effective in every way.



Experts applied microscopic particles wrapped in PTHFUA to a polymer on the wound of some animals and placed it on the wound. In the first 96 hours, fibroblast accumulation was three times faster than the normal strip, while wound healing increased by 80%. After encouraging results on animals, it is expected to be implanted and tested on a strip of diabetic wounds soon.


According to Dr. Amir, the preparation of this polymer is very easy and low cost and it will be of great help in the treatment of long-standing wounds of diabetes patients.


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