Logo Medical Science Monitor

Call: +1.631.470.9640
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 02:00 pm EST

Contact Us

Logo Medical Science Monitor Logo Medical Science Monitor Logo Medical Science Monitor

23 June 2009

The influence of age and diabetes on the skin blood flow response to local pressure

Jerrold S. PetrofskyABCDEF, Gurinder S. BainsBCDEF, Michelle ProwseABCDEF, Katie Mc LellanABCDEF, Gomathi Ethiraju BCDEF, Scott LeeABCDEF, Shashi GundaBCDEF, Everett LohmanABCDE, Ernie SchwabABCDE

Med Sci Monit 2009; 15(7): CR325-331 :: ID: 869706

Abstract

Background
Previous data has shown that when pressure is applied to the skin of the ankle and on the foot, there is a reactive increase in circulation. In the present investigation, these studies were expanded to look at the response of the hand, back, and foot to applied pressure.
Material and Method
Ten young subjects whose average age was 26.5+/-3.3 yrs, 10 older subjects whose average age was 73.3+/-19.7 yrs and 10 people with diabetes whose average age was 60.1+/-5.7 yrs participated in the study. There was no statistical difference in the height or weight of the subjects. Hemoglobin A1c of the group with Diabetes averaged 6.98+/-1.15% with the mean duration of diabetes 13.6+/-9.5 yrs. An infrared laser Doppler flow meter was used to measure circulation on the hand, lower back, and on the bottom of the foot during applications of pressure at 15, 30, 45, and 60 kPa.
Results
For all three areas of the body, circulation was significantly less in the group with diabetes than the other two groups (p<0.05). When pressure was applied at 15 kPa, the blood flow to the skin initially decreased, but then increased in the younger subjects and in the older subjects but did not increase in subjects with diabetes for any area of the body. Further, after pressure was released, for any of the four pressures examined here, while the younger subjects showed a pronounced reactive hyperemia, subjects with diabetes showed a diminished hyperemia not proportional to the pressure that was applied.
Conclusions
It appears that the normal protective mechanism of a pressure induced hyperemia is absent or diminished in patients with diabetes with more effect on the periphery than on the core area of the body. More importantly, after pressure was applied and released, subjects with diabetes lacked a proportional hyperemia to recovery form the transient ischemia of the pressure.

Keywords: Pressure, Diabetes Mellitus - physiopathology, Demography, Aging - physiology, Aged, 80 and over, Regional Blood Flow - physiology, Skin - blood supply

0 Comments

Editorial

01 February 2023 : Editorial  

Editorial: The XBB.1.5 (‘Kraken’) Subvariant of Omicron SARS-CoV-2 and its Rapid Global Spread

Dinah V. Parums
Science Editor, Medical Science Monitor, International Scientific Information, Inc., Melville, NY, USA

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.939580

Med Sci Monit 2023; 29:e939580

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

19 January 2023 : Clinical Research  

Evaluation of Health-Related Quality of Life and Mental Health in 729 Medical Students in Indonesia During ...

Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.938892  

27 December 2022 : Clinical Research  

Effect of Physiotherapy to Correct Rounded Shoulder Posture in 30 Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic in ...

Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e938926

10 December 2022 : Clinical Research  

Retrospective Study to Identify Risk Factors for Severe Disease and Mortality Using the Modified Early Warn...

Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e938647

In Press

06 Feb 2023 : Clinical Research  

Double C-Arm Digital Subtraction Angiography Guidance During Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt ...

Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.938912  

06 Feb 2023 : Review article  

Evolution of Hybrid Intelligence and Its Application in Evidence-Based Medicine: A Review

Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.939366  

03 Feb 2023 : Clinical Research  

Treatment of Gingival Recession Defects with Pouch and Tunnel Technique Using Connective Tissue Graft and L...

Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.938865  

02 Feb 2023 : Clinical Research  

Online Questionnaire-Based Study to Evaluate the Attitudes and Use of Rubber Dental Dams by Saudi Dental Pr...

Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.938672  

Most Viewed Current Articles

13 Nov 2021 : Clinical Research  

Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccination and Its Associated Factors Among Cancer Patients Attending the Oncology ...

DOI :10.12659/MSM.932788

Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e932788

30 Dec 2021 : Clinical Research  

Retrospective Study of Outcomes and Hospitalization Rates of Patients in Italy with a Confirmed Diagnosis o...

DOI :10.12659/MSM.935379

Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e935379

08 Mar 2022 : Review article  

A Review of the Potential Roles of Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Pharmacological Approaches for the Man...

DOI :10.12659/MSM.936292

Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e936292

01 Jan 2022 : Editorial  

Editorial: Current Status of Oral Antiviral Drug Treatments for SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Non-Hospitalized Pa...

DOI :10.12659/MSM.935952

Med Sci Monit 2022; 28:e935952

Your Privacy

We use cookies to ensure the functionality of our website, to personalize content and advertising, to provide social media features, and to analyze our traffic. If you allow us to do so, we also inform our social media, advertising and analysis partners about your use of our website, You can decise for yourself which categories you you want to deny or allow. Please note that based on your settings not all functionalities of the site are available. View our privacy policy.

Medical Science Monitor eISSN: 1643-3750
Medical Science Monitor eISSN: 1643-3750