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Diabetes and Vascular Disease
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
For more information, see:
- Six Diabetes-Related Vascular Complications. What impact does high blood sugar have on different parts of the body? [Infographic]
- Answers to Your FAQs About Diabetes and Leg Artery Disease By SVS member Dr. George Andros
- Regular Walks Give Diabetics a Leg Up on Health
- Diabetic foot care. How to keep your feet healthy.
- Diabetic foot resources from the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association)
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Peripheral neuropathy information from the APMA
- Kidney problems. Diabetes can impact the blood vessels that serve the kidneys. This can lead to kidney vailure, dialysis and/or a kidney transplant
- Heart attack and stroke. Both can be caused by vascular damage, which is increased by diabetes. Learn more about how vascular disease can cause stroke.
Related illnesses of concern to patients with diabetes:
Recent diabetes-related articles from the Journal for Vascular Surgery:
The Management of Diabetic Foot: A Clinical Practice Guideline by the Society for Vascular Surgery in Collaboration with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine J Vasc Surg 2016; special supplement published February 2016