How Are Diabetes and Vein Disease Connected?

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How Are Diabetes and Vein Disease Connected?

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How are diabetes and vein disease connected?

While there is no direct evidence that diabetes can cause vein issues, there is circumstantial evidence that supports the theory that diabetes patients are more susceptible to decreased vein health.

Blood Vessel Damage

Diabetes Types 1 and 2 can both contribute to issues with blood circulation.

Higher blood sugar levels can weaken the veins.

Additionally, weight gain which is common for patients with high blood sugar can apply unwanted distress on your veins.

These two factors can lead to venous insufficiency such as varicose or spider veins as well as swelling and pain in the legs.

In more serious cases, this can lead to blood clots.

Blood Clots

Blood clots in the leg are typically indicative of deep vein thrombosis or superficial venous thrombosis.

There have been recent studies which argue that the sedentary lifestyles similar to that adopted by patients with diabetes, coupled with weight gain, can lead to a risk for blood clots.

When to Call Your Doctor About Diabetes Symptoms

If you are experiencing leg pain and notice any of the other following symptoms, please call your doctor immediately:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling
  • Tender areas on the leg
  • Redness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Skin that is warm to the touch

Learn More About Diabetes and Vein Disease

When dealing with vein issues, it is very important to seek the care of someone who is an expert in the field of venous diseases.

At The Vein Center of Maryland, our team of board certified vein professionals are accustomed to identifying and treating any number of vein issues.

We are particularly adept at identifying common vein issues for patients with Types 1 or 2 Diabetes.

If you believe you may have vein issues which require attention from a professional, contact our office online or call (410) 970-2314 today to schedule a consultation.