Diabetes and Circulation

If diabetes isn’t controlled, it can lead to complications within the body. One of the more common conditions is poor circulation. Diabetes can cause the blood vessels to narrow, harden and impair the ability of blood to circulate properly. If there is decreased blood flow in the body, especially the feet and legs, complications can occur. The following complications can occur:

• Poor wound healing
• Loss of sensation
• Muscle cramps while walking
• Higher rate of amputation

Some of the warning signs of circulatory problems caused by diabetes include:

• Blurry vision
• Foot sores
• Burning or tingling in the feet and hands
• Weight gain
• Swelling of the extremities

The long term effects of poor circulation caused by diabetes can eventually lead to blindness, kidney failure, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.

Exercise, especially walking, can help to improve circulation. Depending on the severity of the problem, a physician may be able to prescribe medications that will help the circulation. Speak to your physician about how to keep your diabetes under control. You may schedule an appointment with an endocrinologist at Jamaica Hospital by calling 718-206-6742.Circulation System

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