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Mexican scientists use honey to treat diabetes

According to Dr. Armando Acevedo, the treatment costs less than MXN$100 per patient (USD$5.33)

Mexican scientists heal diabetic foot wounds with honey
According to information from the ID Agency in Mexico, the honey and the patch must be placed on the wound after disinfection - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 20/04/2019 15:12 Newsroom Mexico City Botiquín.mx Actualizada 15:12
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A group of scientists from the Tepeaca Center for Superior Studies in the Mexican state of Puebla have created a patch made out of bee wax and pure virgin honey that helps to heal diabetic foot wounds.

The patch can be formed to virtually any shape. Not only does it help in the scarring process, but also works as an antiseptic when applied to the wound.

According to information from the ID Agency in Mexico, the honey and the patch must be placed on the wound after disinfection. Both are then covered with a type of fabric called organdie.

The honey used was subject to bacteriological studies and cultured by scientists after a student from the Puebla mountain range commented that the substance had multiple medicinal properties.

The innovation was tested with a group of 15 patients for 14-21 days, which is the time it took for the scars of the patients to heal completely.

The idea to cure diabetic foot wounds with bee honey was conceived at the Tepeaca center, where a group of students decided to study health problems related to diabetes.

Dr. Armando Acevedo Méndez commented that the treatment had been of great help for patients that would otherwise have had their foot amputated. Furthermore, the treatment costs less than MXN$100 per patient (USD$5.33).

The innovation is already a patented product, however, the scientists from the Tepeaca center are not planning on selling it to pharmaceutical labs. “We want to make this product accessible for the population that lacks resources for health treatments,” he concluded.
 

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