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Diabetes Found to be Linked to Vascular Diseases

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Diabetes is a disease that occurs when blood glucose is too high because the body does not produce or properly use insulin. It has been linked to a number of vascular diseases, including retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, atherosclerosis, stroke, and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Symptoms of diabetes-related vascular problems may include the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Blurred vision or floating spots
  • Unexpected weight gain or swelling in the face or limbs
  • Loss of feeling or burning sensation in the hands or feet
  • Sores on the feet
  • Pain in the legs when walking

Many people with PAD have mild or even no symptoms, but some experience pain or cramping in the legs or arms following physical activity, such as walking, which then disappears after a few minutes of rest. Pain can also occur while at rest or lying down. While calf pain is the most common, the location of the pain will depend on the location of the narrowed or clogged artery.

Often people with diabetes also have one or more of the following conditions, that may exacerbate the risk of developing cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure; abnormal cholesterol or high triglycerides; obesity; lack of physical activity; smoker. Diabetes is, of course, treatable but still greatly increases the risk of stroke or heart disease even when glucose levels are under control. By managing glucose levels as well as these risk factors, patients with diabetes can successfully delay and in some cases avoid the development of vascular diseases. The development of type 2 diabetes, in particular, can be prevented by making changes in one’s diet, increasing the level of activity, and in some cases through the use of medications.

Foster Crown consistently works with Vascular Surgeons, Interventional Radiologists and Interventional Cardiologists who specialize in PAD procedures both in the outpatient environment or hospital-based practice. Contact Foster Crown for a comprehensive discussion on how we can assist with your private practice physician recruitment needs. If you’re a physician, we can develop a strategic search for a new opportunity, that allows you to practice your PAD procedural skills.