Addressing Diabetes and Vascular Care in Phoenix
Diabetes is a serious condition, impacting nearly 10% of the United States. While approximately 5% to 10% of cases are Type 1 Diabetes, also known as juvenile onset diabetes, the majority of diagnoses come about in adulthood in the form of Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to numerous health consequences, such as increased likelihood of heart disease and stroke, diabetes also plays a role in the circulatory and cardiovascular systems, leading to other challenges like peripheral arterial disease.
If you are facing health complications associated with diabetes, including problems with the blood vessels in your extremities, Arizona Vein & Laser Institute may be able to help. Contact us today to learn more about your treatment options and to explore what laser treatments can do for vascular problems.
The Link Between Diabetes and Vascular Disease
Diabetes is a condition that affects how the body uses blood sugar, or glucose. For healthy individuals, insulin – a hormone naturally produced in the pancreas – helps cells use available glucose for energy. However, when insulin cannot be adequately produced, glucose can’t be processed as intended, often leading to serious side effects.
Vascular complications are among the most common challenges for those with diabetes. High blood sugar can alter the efficacy of oxygen distribution, resulting in blood vessels that don’t work properly. Compromised blood vessels do not thoroughly circulate blood throughout the body, leaving the extremities, like the hands and feet, without access to adequate, oxygenated blood.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a vascular condition that’s common in those with unmanaged diabetes. Occurring when plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces blood flow to the hands and feet, PAD is often more serious in those with diabetes, as high blood sugar levels can exacerbate plaque development. One of the early symptoms of PAD is leg pain while walking that goes away when at rest.
When severe or left untreated, PAD can lead to peripheral neuropathy or a loss of sensation in the legs and the development of sores and ulcers. Should these cases progress without medical care, amputation is often the only option to stop the degradation of tissue.
Treatments for Vascular Diseases
If you have symptoms of PAD or another vascular disease, proper medical attention is essential. With a doctor’s diagnosis, you can learn more about the severity of your condition, as well as the opportunities for recourse.
At Arizona Vein & Laser Institute, we focus on minimally-invasive and in office surgical treatments in our state of the art vascular lab to help those in need. There’s no hospitalization and there’s moderate sedation only, with the promise of being in and out on the same day.
If you have received a diabetes diagnosis and are experiencing leg pain, the time to seek care is now.