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Does Sugar Help Wounds Heal?

Sugar helps wounds heal better and faster than antibiotics do, according to medical professionals who have revived the ancient use of sugar as a wound treatment. Applying sugar to wounds is a practice that is thought to date to the ancient Egyptians. It is believed that sugar absorbs the fluid in wounds. Bacteria multiply more quickly in moist environments, so the fluid absorption by sugar might help prevent infections in wounds. Drying the wound might also help facilitate the faster growth of new tissue to make it heal more quickly. Using sugar to treat wounds tends to be more common in Europe and Africa, and critics claim that there are other, more advanced and more effective treatments available.

More about the health effects of sugar :

  • Excessive sugar consumption has been linked to an increase in heart disease, and it is thought that sugar might prevent the heart from pumping correctly.

  • The average American consumes 22 teaspoons (110 grams) of sugar per day, or about 77 pounds (34.93 kg) per year.

  • Eating sugar might actually make people feel hungrier because it could keep the brain from sending signals to the body that it is full and needs to stop eating.

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anon925343
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Also, there is no profit for the pharmaceutical companies if they use sugar.

anon925321
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How come diabetic people have skin red spots that look like wounds?

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