The Science of Aging Not So Gracefully- Bedsores

The Science of Aging Not So Gracefully- Bedsores

We all want to age gracefully, going about life’s daily activities without pain or fatigue.  In the US alone, over 2.5M seniors and ICU patients contract bedsores that  lead to over 60K bedsore related deaths each year. 

When we are healthy, our skin protects us from bacterial infections. Have a scrape or cut?  Spray some antibacterial agent on the open wound, cover it up with a band-aid and you are good to go.  The very fact we are aging makes us vulnerable to bedsores, wounds that cause us to shift focus from graceful aging to survival.

What are bedsores?

Bedsores are pressure ulcers or “holes” that develop on our skin when the underlying cells are deprived of blood and nutrients for an extended period of time.   Bacterial infection can quickly follow which attack healthy cells expanding the wound area and ultimately causing death of the patient if left untreated.  

What causes bedsores?

Anything that limits our mobility.  Poor health, disease, being overweight and injury can restrict our mobility and can cause parts of our bodies to be under extended contact with surfaces such as a bed or chair.

Our body weight against that surface causes pressure (hence “pressure wounds”) that can restrict the flow of blood and with blood vital nutrients to help our skin maintain a barrier against bacterial infections.  

Diabetes and other vascular diseases can also restrict blood flows to our skin.

Incontinence can also lead to bedsores.  Urine or feces that come in contact with skin for extended times cause a moist nutrient rich environment for bacteria to flourish and test the skin’s defenses.

Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s can also play a role.  Sensors in the skin that shout out “time to turnover”  but fail to trigger a reaction from the brain in time to advert the onset of a bedsore.

What are the options we have for treating bedsores? 

Bedsore treatments generally fall into three categories:

  •  Preventatives:   such as moisture barrier ointments that are used help keep moisture away from vulnerable skin areas.
  •  Would Management: dressings that work to create the ideal environment for our body to heal itself keeping the wound area moist, protected from UV/light and any other external contamination such as from urine or feces.
  •  Active Agents:   which can be combined into a wound management dressing or applied separately to the wound.  Common active agents include antimicrobial/antibacterial compounds that attempt to knock out any bacterial infections in the wound itself.  Other active agents being tested include growth promoters attempting to help create healthy tissue to aid healing.

A new option:  Adjuvia Bedsore Treatment Cream

Our cream is a novel class of Active Agent.  The active ingredient is a natural antioxidant/ antimicrobial agent derived from algae called astaxanthin which functions both as active antimicrobial agent and a all natural growth promoter. 

Astaxanthin works on three levels.  

Protect:   Astaxanthin is a strong antimicrobial agent  protecting the wound from bacterial infection.  

Defend: Nature’s first line of defense against bacteria is the cell wall.  Astaxanthin takes up residence in cell walls helping to defend healthy cells from bacteria seeking to enter and infect the cell.

Promote:    Astaxanthin migrates into our mitochondria which are tiny batteries that provide power to fight off and recover from injury.  Astaxanthin is nature’s most powerful antioxidant and promotes healing by protecting our healthy cells ability to generate energy and heal the wound. 

What does a bedsore look like?

Here is a Class III bedsore before and after applying our bedsore treatment cream for 5 days. Graphic Image here

Use our bedsore treatment cream to help you get back to aging gracefully.