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If you suffer from diabetes, taking care of your wounds is critical. The first world health organisation’s global report (2016) about diabetes shows that the number of adults with diabetes, from 1980 to 2014, has almost quadrupled: from 108 million to 422 million in. This significant increase is greatly due to increases in type 2 diabetes and its associated risk factors, such as being overweight and obese.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that by 2040 642 million adults will be living with diabetes. Diabetic patients can experience problems with poor circulation to the feet as a result of damage to the blood vessels. These problems increase the risk of ulcers, infections and amputations.

Studies in the field of the effect of infrared light therapy on chronic wound healing indicated that more than 70% of the wounds responded to the effect of infrared on the healing of wounds, especially diabetic ulcers.

In a paper which appeared in The Scientific World Journal, Volume 2014, Article ID 398412 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/398412), it was stated that “Phototherapy has been shown to be beneficial in treating diabetic ulcers which are unresponsive to conventional treatments.

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