Diabetes and Vascular Disease

Oct 20, 2019

Resources for patients, families and physicians

Considered one of the largest global health emergencies, diabetes is dangerous in large part because high blood sugar damages blood vessels. It also magnifies the effects of other health complications.


For Patients and Families - How Diabetes Affects Vascular Health

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Related illnesses of concern to patients with diabetes:

Arm Artery Disease

High Cholesterol

Peripheral Aneurysm

Renovascular Conditions

Downloadable brochures:


For physicians

Recent diabetes-related articles from the Journal for Vascular Surgery:

Preoperative Hemoglobin A1c Level as an Independent Predictor of Perioperative Complications After Revascularization in Diabetic and Nondiabetic Critical Limb Ischemia Patients. June 2019. 

Outcomes associated with hyperglycemia after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. March 2019.

Diabetes, dysglycemia and vascular surgery. July 2019.

Lower Limb Amputations in Patients With Diabetes and Peripheral Artery Disease: A Time-Series of Trends (2005-2016). Sept. 2018

The association between diabetes and thoracic aortic aneurysms. July 2018

Diabetes-Related Factors and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Events: The Atherosclerotic Risk in Communities Study. July 2018

Treatment outcomes in diabetic patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia. Feb. 2018

Topical Oxygen Therapy Closes Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Sept. 2017

Location of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Affects Wound Outcomes. June 2017

Predictors of Unplanned 30-Day Readmission in Diabetic Foot Wounds. March 2017

Other resources:

Rethinking Diabetes Oct. 25, 2018

The importance of exercise when you have diabetes Sept. 25, 2018

Interactive clinical practice guidelines app

Building effective partnerships between vascular surgeons and podiatrists.

American Podiatric Medical Association

Educational Slides for the The Management of Diabetic Foot: A Clinical Practice Guideline by the SVS in Collaboration with the APMA and SVM [PDF]

All SVS Clinical Practice Guidelines