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Are vascular conditions a common complication of type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. James Wilentz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes- but preventable

Over time patients with diabetes are more likely to develop atherosclerotic blockages in any arterial bed (heart, legs, carotids).
This can be prevented by careful screening with ultrasounds and stress (or cta?), and strict control of other risks: ldl, hypertension and smoking. Diabetic neuropathy can mask symptoms especially cardiac, and can also mimic symptoms of leg pain.

In brief: Yes- but preventable

Over time patients with diabetes are more likely to develop atherosclerotic blockages in any arterial bed (heart, legs, carotids).
This can be prevented by careful screening with ultrasounds and stress (or cta?), and strict control of other risks: ldl, hypertension and smoking. Diabetic neuropathy can mask symptoms especially cardiac, and can also mimic symptoms of leg pain.
Dr. James Wilentz
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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Many of the common complications related to diabetes involve the micro circulation of major organs.
This includes, but is not limited to the peripheral arteries. Diabetics commonly have advanced atherosclerotic changes in the smallest arteries of the lower legs. These are called the tibial arteries. It makes them more difficult to treat because of their small size. Prevention in the form of good glucose control throughout life can minimize these changes.

In brief: Yes

Many of the common complications related to diabetes involve the micro circulation of major organs.
This includes, but is not limited to the peripheral arteries. Diabetics commonly have advanced atherosclerotic changes in the smallest arteries of the lower legs. These are called the tibial arteries. It makes them more difficult to treat because of their small size. Prevention in the form of good glucose control throughout life can minimize these changes.
Dr. Bradley Thomas
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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Vascular complications are one of the major problems related to diabetes.
There are micro vascular complications (kidneys) and macro vascular ( heart).

In brief: Yes

Vascular complications are one of the major problems related to diabetes.
There are micro vascular complications (kidneys) and macro vascular ( heart).
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Pushpinder Sivia
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: It's possible

Uncontrolled and longstanding diabetes can lead to accelerated vascular disease in the body including the lower extremities.
Diabetes leads to calcification atherosclerosis in the tibial arteries which is rock hard plaque in the arteries. It can also lead to neuropathy, delays in wound healing, increased risk of diabetic foot infections, and amputations. It is critical to control blood sugar.

In brief: It's possible

Uncontrolled and longstanding diabetes can lead to accelerated vascular disease in the body including the lower extremities.
Diabetes leads to calcification atherosclerosis in the tibial arteries which is rock hard plaque in the arteries. It can also lead to neuropathy, delays in wound healing, increased risk of diabetic foot infections, and amputations. It is critical to control blood sugar.
Dr. Pushpinder Sivia
Dr. Pushpinder Sivia
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