Could a sugar substitute help wounds heal?

Xylitol has been in use (particularly in the EU) for some time as a low-calorie sugar substitute. It also has made its way into chewing gum as a way to inhibit Streptococcus mutans and inhibit biofilm anchoring/maturation. Perhaps it is this later characteristic that might make it helpful in the treatment of chronic wounds in general?

See this interesting small study by Garth James’ unit in Montana:
What if we could put this into an irrigant or an instillation technology?
Stay tuned.

David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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