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Scientists of Russia and Mexico created gel with silver for diabetics

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© с сайта ТПУScientists of Russia and Mexico created gel with silver for diabetics

TOMSK, Apr 18 – RIA Tomsk. Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) with colleagues from Novosibirsk and Mexico created the means with silver nanoparticles, helping people suffering from diabetic foot syndrome to prevent ulcers appearance, the head of the Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry TPU Alexey Pestryakov told RIA Tomsk.

According to him, the syndrome of diabetic foot (SDF) – is one of the recent and most serious complications of diabetes. Due to the large amount of sugar the nerves, vessels, bone and other body tissues change. This becomes a cause of infections, sores and festering on the foot, which ultimately can lead to amputation. Ulcers on the legs at risk of up to 15% of patients with diabetes.

"It is the joint project in which participate we (TPU), Novosibirsk company SPC "Vector-Vita" and National autonomous university of Mexico. Together, we are developing a gel with silver nanoparticles, which will be applied inside on all surface of footwear. The gel has antifungal and antibacterial effect. Foot cream and treatment solution are also developed ", – Pestryakov has told.

He has explained that antibacterial properties of silver promote fast healing of ulcers and suppurations. "Development has passed clinical tests. At the patients using the footwear processed by the gel with silver nanoparticles, and processing legs with our preparation, ulcers standing healed, the risk of amputations considerably decreased", – Pestryakov has noted.

The scientist has added that the price of this means is low. Now developers of gel are looking for the industrial partner who would introduce technologies in production. According to the university, TPU scientists for many years are engaged in the development of medical supplies on the basis of silver nanoparticles, possessing universal effect on viruses, bacteria and fungi. With colleagues from Mexico they cooperate  about 10 years, the development of gel for footwear is conducted within the framework of economic agreements with the Mexican university.

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