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  • How Lavior Can Help In the Aftercare of Treating Varicose Veins by Jackie Williamson How Lavior Can Help In the Aftercare of Treating Varicose Veins by Jackie Williamson

    Posted on by Anabelle Savion

     

    Varicose veins are bent or distorted veins, which are common in the legs and high-pressure areas of the body. Nearly one in five adults have them, and while they're usually not harmful, many people receive treatment regardless. After having your varicose veins treated, you may have to deal with inflammation, skin sores, or discolored or ugly patches of skin. To that end, Lavior products, which are focused primarily on skin care and surface treatment, can help.

    Deal With Inflammation And Heat

    Bent veins have a more difficult time transporting blood throughout the body. This often causes swelling in the veins as blood flow slows and clogs in areas, creating larger blue veins near the surface of your skin that some people find ugly. Because varicose veins are near the surface of the skin though, they’re easily affected by skin creams and hand applied ointments. These can be used to reduce inflammation and redness in your skin and veins after varicose treatments. 

     

    Products That Reduces Sores And Ulcers

    Unlike arteries which carry oxygen from the heart and lungs to the rest of the body, veins carry your now relatively oxygen-less blood back to the heart. Varicose veins become even more oxygen-deprived, so ulcers and sores can form on the skin above them. Products that specifically treat skin sores and ulcers on the legs when they form, such as Lavior brand creams, can thus be useful in the aftercare of your skin if you have varicose veins.

     

    Moisturize And Heal

    Treating varicose veins can leave your skin irritated due to their proximity to the damaged or healing veins. Of course, your skin can be discolored or dry even before that, since varicose veins may be worse at transferring nutrients to your skin. As such, moisturizers and skin care products that help to fight against the dry and scaly skin, or that help with discoloration, are useful in the aftercare of varicose symptoms. They can also reduce itchiness in these affected areas.

     

    Reduce Scarring

    Endovenous ablation therapy is a method of treating varicose veins that involves making an incision, then using heat to close the vein. Endoscopic vein surgery also involves careful incisions near the affected area, though this process is usually only used if sores have already formed. While surgery will help your varicose veins, it comes with increased aftercare needs as well.

    Naturally, any incision in your skin can cause scarring or long-term damage to your skin. It's important to support healing in the affected area after the incision is made, to close the wound cleanly and efficiently. Lavior products can reduce scarring and promote healing in incision wounds, which can help in this regard.

     

    Wrapping Up

    The aftercare of varicose veins can be important if you want to avoid scarring or damage to your skin. Dealing with inflammation and swelling can help both before and after the treatment of varicose veins. Said treatment usually involves incisions or abuse to the affected area, so treatments that reduce scarring are one of our highest suggestions. And since ulcers and sores can form, products that can treat these aberrations on your skin can be very helpful in the end.

     

     

     

    Varicose veins are bent or distorted veins, which are common in the legs and high-pressure areas of the body. Nearly one in five adults have them, and while they're usually not harmful, many people receive treatment regardless. After having your varicose veins treated, you may have to deal with inflammation, skin sores, or discolored or ugly patches of skin. To that end, Lavior products, which are focused primarily on skin care and surface treatment, can help.

    Deal With Inflammation And Heat

    Bent veins have a more difficult time transporting blood throughout the body. This often causes swelling in the veins as blood flow slows and clogs in areas, creating larger blue veins near the surface of your skin that some people find ugly. Because varicose veins are near the surface of the skin though, they’re easily affected by skin creams and hand applied ointments. These can be used to reduce inflammation and redness in your skin and veins after varicose treatments. 

     

    Products That Reduces Sores And Ulcers

    Unlike arteries which carry oxygen from the heart and lungs to the rest of the body, veins carry your now relatively oxygen-less blood back to the heart. Varicose veins become even more oxygen-deprived, so ulcers and sores can form on the skin above them. Products that specifically treat skin sores and ulcers on the legs when they form, such as Lavior brand creams, can thus be useful in the aftercare of your skin if you have varicose veins.

     

    Moisturize And Heal

    Treating varicose veins can leave your skin irritated due to their proximity to the damaged or healing veins. Of course, your skin can be discolored or dry even before that, since varicose veins may be worse at transferring nutrients to your skin. As such, moisturizers and skin care products that help to fight against the dry and scaly skin, or that help with discoloration, are useful in the aftercare of varicose symptoms. They can also reduce itchiness in these affected areas.

     

    Reduce Scarring

    Endovenous ablation therapy is a method of treating varicose veins that involves making an incision, then using heat to close the vein. Endoscopic vein surgery also involves careful incisions near the affected area, though this process is usually only used if sores have already formed. While surgery will help your varicose veins, it comes with increased aftercare needs as well.

    Naturally, any incision in your skin can cause scarring or long-term damage to your skin. It's important to support healing in the affected area after the incision is made, to close the wound cleanly and efficiently. Lavior products can reduce scarring and promote healing in incision wounds, which can help in this regard.

     

    Wrapping Up

    The aftercare of varicose veins can be important if you want to avoid scarring or damage to your skin. Dealing with inflammation and swelling can help both before and after the treatment of varicose veins. Said treatment usually involves incisions or abuse to the affected area, so treatments that reduce scarring are one of our highest suggestions. And since ulcers and sores can form, products that can treat these aberrations on your skin can be very helpful in the end.

     

     

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  • LAVIOR's participation at the APMA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. LAVIOR's participation at the APMA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.

    Posted on by Anabelle Savion

     

    We are pleased to announce our participation at the APMA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.
    We will present new technologies to treat wounds.

    Come and visit us at booth 210 #ASMDC #podiatry #woundcare #APMA

    Link to event: https://www.apma.org/Events/TheNational.cfm?navItemNumber=27523

     

     

     

     

    We are pleased to announce our participation at the APMA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.
    We will present new technologies to treat wounds.

    Come and visit us at booth 210 #ASMDC #podiatry #woundcare #APMA

    Link to event: https://www.apma.org/Events/TheNational.cfm?navItemNumber=27523

     

     

     

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  • Insulin Resistance & Prediabetes by Dr. Mariela Glandt Insulin Resistance & Prediabetes by Dr. Mariela Glandt

    Posted on by Anabelle Savion

    Insulin resistance and prediabetes occur when the body becomes insensitive to insulin.

    What is insulin?

    Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps glucose in your blood enter cells in your muscle, fat, and liver, where it’s used for energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat or it’s made by the liver when we are fasting. When glucose levels rise after you eat, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood, allowing the sugar to enter the cells and allowing the  blood glucose levels to go back down to normal.

     

    What is insulin resistance?

    Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood.   It is highly correlated with abdominal fat  (visceral fat).  There are people that can handle a great deal of fat and don’t get sick, while there are others have less fat cells and therefore can contain limited amounts of fat.  When  the fat cells are overstuffed with fat, the fat starts sending a clear message that it does not have room for any more sugar.  This is called insulin resistance, and what it is essentially suggesting is that the body does not want any more sugar to come in.  However, the pancreas must clear the high sugar from the blood and hence it makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome your cells’ weak response to insulin, your blood glucose levels will stay in the healthy range. 

     

    Are there any problems with having insulin resistance, as long as glucose levels are in the normal range?

    Having normal sugar levels can be deceiving, giving a sense that there is no problem.  However high insulin levels, even with normal sugars, can be a problem.  In the short run, high insulin levels make us hungry and make us gain weight. High insulin levels are also associated with hypertension and with dyslipidemia.  In the long run, we know that high insulin levels are associated with higher rates of coronary artery disease, stroke, and cancer.

    What is prediabetes?

    When the pancreas is not able to keep up with the extra demand placed on it, then prediabetes sets in.  This means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  One in every 3 adults has pre-diabetes. People with prediabetes have up to a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes over the next 5 to 10 years. Fortunately type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

     What are the symptoms of insulin resistance and prediabetes?

    Insulin resistance and prediabetes usually have no symptoms.  Unfortunately, doctors do not routinely check for insulin levels and diagnosed insulin resistance through other proxies.  The presence of hypertension, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high uric acid, and fatty liver are all signs of insulin resistance.  A HbA1c above 5.7 already points to insulin resistance. A HbA1c of 6.5 already defines diabetes.

    How can we reverse insulin resistance?

    Insulin resistance can be reversed by starting to decrease the levels of insulin in the blood.  As insulin levels drop, then the body starts to respond better to insulin.  The best and fastest way to drop insulin levels is by decreasing the ingestion of food that raises insulin levels. The foods that most raise insulin are carbohydrates such as sugars, but also less obvious sugars such as pasta, rice, bread, pizza, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruits, corn, and legumes.

    Besides food, other things will help improve insulin resistance.  This includes sleeping better, exercising, and decreasing emotional stress. 

    Other things that may contribute to insulin resistance include certain medicines, such as glucocorticoids, some antipsychotics, and some medicines for HIV.

    Dr. Mariela Glandt is an an endocrinologist specialized in Diabetes. She has recently opened the Glandt Center for Diabetes Care, a state of the art clinic in Tel Aviv.

     

     

     

     

    Insulin resistance and prediabetes occur when the body becomes insensitive to insulin.

    What is insulin?

    Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps glucose in your blood enter cells in your muscle, fat, and liver, where it’s used for energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat or it’s made by the liver when we are fasting. When glucose levels rise after you eat, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood, allowing the sugar to enter the cells and allowing the  blood glucose levels to go back down to normal.

     

    What is insulin resistance?

    Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood.   It is highly correlated with abdominal fat  (visceral fat).  There are people that can handle a great deal of fat and don’t get sick, while there are others have less fat cells and therefore can contain limited amounts of fat.  When  the fat cells are overstuffed with fat, the fat starts sending a clear message that it does not have room for any more sugar.  This is called insulin resistance, and what it is essentially suggesting is that the body does not want any more sugar to come in.  However, the pancreas must clear the high sugar from the blood and hence it makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome your cells’ weak response to insulin, your blood glucose levels will stay in the healthy range. 

     

    Are there any problems with having insulin resistance, as long as glucose levels are in the normal range?

    Having normal sugar levels can be deceiving, giving a sense that there is no problem.  However high insulin levels, even with normal sugars, can be a problem.  In the short run, high insulin levels make us hungry and make us gain weight. High insulin levels are also associated with hypertension and with dyslipidemia.  In the long run, we know that high insulin levels are associated with higher rates of coronary artery disease, stroke, and cancer.

    What is prediabetes?

    When the pancreas is not able to keep up with the extra demand placed on it, then prediabetes sets in.  This means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  One in every 3 adults has pre-diabetes. People with prediabetes have up to a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes over the next 5 to 10 years. Fortunately type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

     What are the symptoms of insulin resistance and prediabetes?

    Insulin resistance and prediabetes usually have no symptoms.  Unfortunately, doctors do not routinely check for insulin levels and diagnosed insulin resistance through other proxies.  The presence of hypertension, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high uric acid, and fatty liver are all signs of insulin resistance.  A HbA1c above 5.7 already points to insulin resistance. A HbA1c of 6.5 already defines diabetes.

    How can we reverse insulin resistance?

    Insulin resistance can be reversed by starting to decrease the levels of insulin in the blood.  As insulin levels drop, then the body starts to respond better to insulin.  The best and fastest way to drop insulin levels is by decreasing the ingestion of food that raises insulin levels. The foods that most raise insulin are carbohydrates such as sugars, but also less obvious sugars such as pasta, rice, bread, pizza, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruits, corn, and legumes.

    Besides food, other things will help improve insulin resistance.  This includes sleeping better, exercising, and decreasing emotional stress. 

    Other things that may contribute to insulin resistance include certain medicines, such as glucocorticoids, some antipsychotics, and some medicines for HIV.

    Dr. Mariela Glandt is an an endocrinologist specialized in Diabetes. She has recently opened the Glandt Center for Diabetes Care, a state of the art clinic in Tel Aviv.

     

     

     

     

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  • Diabetes & Skin Conditions Diabetes & Skin Conditions

    Posted on by Anabelle Savion

     

     

    Diabetes is a progressive and chronic condition that affects every part of the body, and skin is no exception. In diabetes, skin conditions occur due to metabolic disturbances that cause changes in microcirculation, skin innervation, and immune responses. Some of the skin conditions in diabetes are unspecific, like a fungal infection, while others are more characteristic of the condition, like diabetic dermopathy or eruptive xanthomatosis.

    General skin conditions

    Bacterial infections – Bacterial infections are common in diabetes, since those with the disease have damaged skin innervation, damaged immunity, and live with chronic inflammation, thus such a person more prone to skin infections. Even a minute cut may turn into a chronic non-healing ulcer. Those with diabetes may develop boils, folliculitis, carbuncles, and infections of nails. Staphylococcal infection is the most common reason behind such eruptions.

    Fungal infections - People with diabetes may develop itchy skin due to a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. This fungal disease most commonly occurs in the moist parts of skin areas like under the breasts, in the mouth, between the fingers, and in armpits and groins. Athlete's foot is also common among those living with diabetes.

    Diabetes-specific skin conditions

    Diabetic dermopathy- a common condition in prolonged diabetes occurs due to damage caused to small blood vessels of the skin. A person living with diabetes may develop brown scaly patches in the front of the legs. These patches are painless and in fact completely symptomless, thus they rarely require any specific treatment. Instead, better control of diabetes helps in controlling them.

    Acanthosis Nigricans - This is a condition characterized by the development of dark-colored patches that are slightly raised. These patches usually occur on the hands, knees, and elbows. They are more common among the overweight individuals, and often weight reduction is the best treatment.

    Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD) - This condition looks similar to diabetic dermopathy, but is more severe and is characterized by fewer, but more profound and larger spots. NLD is caused due to vascular changes in diabetes. Unlike diabetic dermopathy, NLD patches may become scaly, and in rare cases, they may even crack. They do not require treatment unless they break or get infected.

    Diabetic blisters (Bullosis diabeticorum)- These are a formation of burn like blisters, that are painless and would heal in about 2-3 weeks. These blisters occur primarily due to neuropathy. Fortunately, such blisters will not leave a scar, and the only care that is required is to keep the skin clean so that they do not get infected at any stage. Bringing blood sugar level under control is the primary treatment of it.

    Eruptive xanthomatosis - They are mostly an indicator of poorly controlled diabetes and thus are more common in those with type 1 diabetes with severe dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol and triglycerides). It’s a condition characterized by the formation of yellow, pea-like enlargements at the back of hands, feet, buttocks. Only effective treatment of this condition is diabetes control and treatment of dyslipidemia.

    Digital sclerosis- This is more common in type 1 diabetes. It is characterized by the development of thick, tight, and waxy skin on the back of the hands, making the person’s joints stiffer.

    Those with diabetes are at increased risk of skin diseases. They should take extra care to keep the skin moisturized and clean, to avoid hot baths, use mild shampoos and soaps, and take special care of specific areas like armpits and groins.  Those with diabetes should develop a habit of regular skin inspection, as many conditions may develop without any symptoms and thus may go unnoticed.

     

     

     

    Diabetes is a progressive and chronic condition that affects every part of the body, and skin is no exception. In diabetes, skin conditions occur due to metabolic disturbances that cause changes in microcirculation, skin innervation, and immune responses. Some of the skin conditions in diabetes are unspecific, like a fungal infection, while others are more characteristic of the condition, like diabetic dermopathy or eruptive xanthomatosis.

    General skin conditions

    Bacterial infections – Bacterial infections are common in diabetes, since those with the disease have damaged skin innervation, damaged immunity, and live with chronic inflammation, thus such a person more prone to skin infections. Even a minute cut may turn into a chronic non-healing ulcer. Those with diabetes may develop boils, folliculitis, carbuncles, and infections of nails. Staphylococcal infection is the most common reason behind such eruptions.

    Fungal infections - People with diabetes may develop itchy skin due to a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. This fungal disease most commonly occurs in the moist parts of skin areas like under the breasts, in the mouth, between the fingers, and in armpits and groins. Athlete's foot is also common among those living with diabetes.

    Diabetes-specific skin conditions

    Diabetic dermopathy- a common condition in prolonged diabetes occurs due to damage caused to small blood vessels of the skin. A person living with diabetes may develop brown scaly patches in the front of the legs. These patches are painless and in fact completely symptomless, thus they rarely require any specific treatment. Instead, better control of diabetes helps in controlling them.

    Acanthosis Nigricans - This is a condition characterized by the development of dark-colored patches that are slightly raised. These patches usually occur on the hands, knees, and elbows. They are more common among the overweight individuals, and often weight reduction is the best treatment.

    Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD) - This condition looks similar to diabetic dermopathy, but is more severe and is characterized by fewer, but more profound and larger spots. NLD is caused due to vascular changes in diabetes. Unlike diabetic dermopathy, NLD patches may become scaly, and in rare cases, they may even crack. They do not require treatment unless they break or get infected.

    Diabetic blisters (Bullosis diabeticorum)- These are a formation of burn like blisters, that are painless and would heal in about 2-3 weeks. These blisters occur primarily due to neuropathy. Fortunately, such blisters will not leave a scar, and the only care that is required is to keep the skin clean so that they do not get infected at any stage. Bringing blood sugar level under control is the primary treatment of it.

    Eruptive xanthomatosis - They are mostly an indicator of poorly controlled diabetes and thus are more common in those with type 1 diabetes with severe dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol and triglycerides). It’s a condition characterized by the formation of yellow, pea-like enlargements at the back of hands, feet, buttocks. Only effective treatment of this condition is diabetes control and treatment of dyslipidemia.

    Digital sclerosis- This is more common in type 1 diabetes. It is characterized by the development of thick, tight, and waxy skin on the back of the hands, making the person’s joints stiffer.

    Those with diabetes are at increased risk of skin diseases. They should take extra care to keep the skin moisturized and clean, to avoid hot baths, use mild shampoos and soaps, and take special care of specific areas like armpits and groins.  Those with diabetes should develop a habit of regular skin inspection, as many conditions may develop without any symptoms and thus may go unnoticed.

     

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  • Diabetes & Hydration Diabetes & Hydration

    Posted on by Anabelle Savion

     

    Polyuria (increased urine output) and polydipsia (increased thirst) are classic symptoms of diabetes. They often indicate how well diabetes is controlled. Polyuria and polydipsia along with severe dehydration, are often the initial symptoms of diabetes. The question arises as to why the body starts to lose more fluids in diabetes, and what are its implications?

    In diabetes, as the blood glucose rises above the standard acceptable levels, our body tries hard to bring it back to the normal. One of the mechanisms involved in reducing blood sugars is through increased elimination via the kidneys. However, as the kidneys work harder to get rid of extra glucose in the blood, they also eliminate more fluids in the process.

    Another reason for dehydration in diabetes is higher osmotic pressure in blood vessels triggered by the increased glucose concentration, resulting in dehydration of body cells. If blood glucose is too high in the blood, it literarily sucks the water from the body cells.

    Dehydration in diabetes is a vicious circle. As the body loses fluids due to dehydration, the glucose concentration is further increased, resulting in even further dehydration of the body cells. Moreover, the increase of glucose concentration in the blood stimulates more urea production, and increases the dehydration, which also increases insulin resistance. Obviously there is a need to break this vicious cycle.

     

    What are the symptoms of dehydration?

    As the water content in the body goes down, skin becomes dry, as do the mouth and eyes. The person may feel increased thirst, headaches, tiredness or dizziness. In severe cases, a fall in blood pressure can cause sunken eyes, weak pulse, confusion, and lethargy.

    Preventing dehydration in diabetes

    Those living with diabetes are at increased risk of dehydration. This may also negatively impact the blood glucose control particularly during summers, when even mild physical exertion may cause dehydration. Therefore, people with diabetes should drink more fluids and more often. There is no hard and fast rule regarding how much fluid to consume, as that would depend on environmental temperature, the intensity of physical activity, and severity of the disease. Nonetheless, a diabetic person should make a habit of drinking fluids in small portions every half an hour.

    While special drinks are reserved for more severe conditions, it is essential to consume more water or other fluids such as sugarless green tea, which can be consumed either hot or cold, depending on personal preference and weather conditions.

    One way to keep hydrated is to make drinking a routine. Drinking a cup of green tea five times a day at a fixed time, would help to stay hydrated and prevent any complications.

    A diabetic can drink sports or energy drinks in moderation as long as the diabetes is not severe, but they are best avoided, as these special drinks are high in added sugars.

    Although alcohol in moderation is not contraindicated in diabetes, it could have other undesired effects on the electrolyte balance and hemodynamics. Alcohol is better avoided by those who have blood pressure problems, and those who have difficulty in staying hydrated.

     

    Polyuria (increased urine output) and polydipsia (increased thirst) are classic symptoms of diabetes. They often indicate how well diabetes is controlled. Polyuria and polydipsia along with severe dehydration, are often the initial symptoms of diabetes. The question arises as to why the body starts to lose more fluids in diabetes, and what are its implications?

    In diabetes, as the blood glucose rises above the standard acceptable levels, our body tries hard to bring it back to the normal. One of the mechanisms involved in reducing blood sugars is through increased elimination via the kidneys. However, as the kidneys work harder to get rid of extra glucose in the blood, they also eliminate more fluids in the process.

    Another reason for dehydration in diabetes is higher osmotic pressure in blood vessels triggered by the increased glucose concentration, resulting in dehydration of body cells. If blood glucose is too high in the blood, it literarily sucks the water from the body cells.

    Dehydration in diabetes is a vicious circle. As the body loses fluids due to dehydration, the glucose concentration is further increased, resulting in even further dehydration of the body cells. Moreover, the increase of glucose concentration in the blood stimulates more urea production, and increases the dehydration, which also increases insulin resistance. Obviously there is a need to break this vicious cycle.

     

    What are the symptoms of dehydration?

    As the water content in the body goes down, skin becomes dry, as do the mouth and eyes. The person may feel increased thirst, headaches, tiredness or dizziness. In severe cases, a fall in blood pressure can cause sunken eyes, weak pulse, confusion, and lethargy.

    Preventing dehydration in diabetes

    Those living with diabetes are at increased risk of dehydration. This may also negatively impact the blood glucose control particularly during summers, when even mild physical exertion may cause dehydration. Therefore, people with diabetes should drink more fluids and more often. There is no hard and fast rule regarding how much fluid to consume, as that would depend on environmental temperature, the intensity of physical activity, and severity of the disease. Nonetheless, a diabetic person should make a habit of drinking fluids in small portions every half an hour.

    While special drinks are reserved for more severe conditions, it is essential to consume more water or other fluids such as sugarless green tea, which can be consumed either hot or cold, depending on personal preference and weather conditions.

    One way to keep hydrated is to make drinking a routine. Drinking a cup of green tea five times a day at a fixed time, would help to stay hydrated and prevent any complications.

    A diabetic can drink sports or energy drinks in moderation as long as the diabetes is not severe, but they are best avoided, as these special drinks are high in added sugars.

    Although alcohol in moderation is not contraindicated in diabetes, it could have other undesired effects on the electrolyte balance and hemodynamics. Alcohol is better avoided by those who have blood pressure problems, and those who have difficulty in staying hydrated.

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