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Are diabetics more prone to peripheral vascular disease? Why?

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Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, vascular risks

People with type 2 diabetes not only have high sugars, but also likely have the Insulin resistance syndrome, including high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL chol, increased tendency to clot, increased inflammation.
All of these factors promote atherogenic (plaque) disease in blood vessels, leading to higher risk of stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and coronary heart disease.

In brief: Yes, vascular risks

People with type 2 diabetes not only have high sugars, but also likely have the Insulin resistance syndrome, including high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL chol, increased tendency to clot, increased inflammation.
All of these factors promote atherogenic (plaque) disease in blood vessels, leading to higher risk of stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and coronary heart disease.
Dr. James Chu
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
4 doctors agree

In brief: Inflammation

Diabetes increases inflammation of the blood vessels which accelerates the formation of plaque.
This progresses even faster if diabetics smoke. Diabetics with pad are at risk for amputation more than other patients. If there are symptoms patients should be checked for pad. Pad is also a marker for patients with underlying disease of the blood vessels of the heart and neck.

In brief: Inflammation

Diabetes increases inflammation of the blood vessels which accelerates the formation of plaque.
This progresses even faster if diabetics smoke. Diabetics with pad are at risk for amputation more than other patients. If there are symptoms patients should be checked for pad. Pad is also a marker for patients with underlying disease of the blood vessels of the heart and neck.
Dr. Michael Korona
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