Inflammation. Diabetes can lead to protein changes and inflammation, leading to atherosclerosis, or narrowing and stiffening of blood vessels. Depending on the location, these narrowed arteries may cause heart attack (heart or coronary arteries), stroke (carotid), amputations due to infection/poor healing (legs & feet), blindness (eyes), and kidney failure (kidneys).
Inflammatory changes. Diabetes and the Insulin resistant state yields increased endothelial dysfunction and helps accelerate the cascade of inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis and vascular narrowing. This exacerbates also the risk of plaque rupture that can lead to acute coronary states. 80% of diabetics die ultimately of vascular causes (mi, cva, or complications of pvod).
Are there any recommended vitamins or remedies to help treat a diabetic person with peripheral vascular disease?
Peripheral Vascular. Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is also known as hardening of the arteries or PAD and leads to plaque buildup in the artery circulation. It unfortunately does not have any known "natural remedies" or vitamins that decrease the incidence of the disease or help to treat it. Recommendations are to eat a low fat, healthy heart diet, exercise regularly, stop smoking, & "statin" drug like Lipitor (atorvastatin). Read more...