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can diabetes cause chronic microvascular ischemic change in brain?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Unfortunately YES: Diabetes is one of many causes of accelerated cerebral artery and arteriole constriction due to atherosclerosis. Other causes include aging, hypertension, high lipids, elevated homocysteine, and perhaps vasculitis or arteritis. In some cases, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome may be a culprit. These lesions may warn of future stroke.
Answered on Dec 5, 2019
Dr. Georgianne Snowden
33 years experience Interventional Radiology
Yes: It along with hypertension (high blood pressure) are the most common causes of chronic microvascular changes.
Answered on Aug 24, 2018
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