Healing wounds by eating well

Healing wounds by eating well

A wound that doesn’t heal in a normal way, taking several steps to heal, is known as a chronic wound. Wounds that can become chronic include minor injuries like bruises and cuts, through to serious wounds like diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds and pressure injuries. Eating well is important to help repair wounds because your body needs extra energy for them to heal.

Here are five tips for a speedy wound recovery:

  • Eat regularly: try to eat three main meals plus snacks every day
  • Protein: eat protein foods with each meal
  • Minerals: eat foods high in zinc and iron such as red meat and nuts
  • Vitamins: eat foods high in vitamin A, C and E such as berries, eggs and spinach
  • Fluids: drink around eight glasses of fluids each day

For more information about good nutrition and wound healing visit the Appetite for Life page on the Healthy Ageing website.

Overcoming barriers to wound healing

Sometimes eating well isn’t enough to prevent or heal wounds. There can be more complex issues that can interfere and delay the wound healing process.

Malnutrition

  • When older people don’t get the nutrition they need, their risk of becoming malnourished increases.
  • Malnutrition increases chance of infection and delays wound healing.
  • An Accredited Practising Dietitian can support people with malnutrition to meet their nutrition needs.
  • For more information on malnutrition screening visit the Healthy Ageing website.

Controlling blood sugars

  • For older people with diabetes, making sure blood sugars are within normal range is important for preventing wounds and for supporting wound healing.
  • For issues or concerns with managing blood sugars make sure to visit a GP or Diabetes Educator.

For more information on nutrition and diabetes visit the Appetite for Life page on the Healthy Ageing website.