Diabetic Vascular Disease Specialists

Hamilton Vascular -  - Vascular & Vein Center

Hamilton Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, Katy, & San Antonio, TX

Diabetic vascular disease can have serious consequences throughout your body, including your legs. If you have diabetes, you’re at risk of developing problems with your legs and feet, but the team of highly skilled vein experts at Hamilton Vascular in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, Katy, and San Antonio, Texas, can help. They have extensive experience treating people who have problems with their veins because of diabetic vascular disease. Call the Hamilton Vascular office nearest you today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Diabetic Vascular Disease Q & A

What is Diabetic Vascular Disease?

Diabetic vascular disease is an umbrella term for several conditions that are likely to affect your circulatory system when you have diabetes. Having diabetes puts you at risk because of the damage chronically high blood sugar levels cause to your blood vessels.

Diabetes is a chronic health problem that is becoming increasingly widespread. Type 1 diabetes develops when your immune system kills the cells in the pancreas that make the hormone insulin. You need insulin to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.

There’s nothing you can do to prevent Type 1 diabetes, but Type 2 diabetes is almost entirely preventable. Being overweight or obese is the leading cause of Type 2 diabetes, along with a high-sugar and high-fat diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. These are all aspects of your health over which you have control. 

Type 2 diabetes can cause a wide range of long-term health problems, including diabetic vascular disease.

What Diabetic Vascular Diseases Might I Get?

Diabetic vascular diseases come in several forms. For example, as well as affecting the arteries in your legs, diabetes also affects arteries in your heart. This could lead to heart disease and heart attacks. 

Renovascular conditions affect the blood vessels inside your kidneys. Diabetic eye disease causes swelling and cuts off the oxygen supply to your retina, potentially leading to blindness.

Diabetic vascular diseases that affect the legs include:

  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): PAD occurs because of a build-up of plaque in your arteries. Plaque is a sticky residue that forms from cholesterol and other substances. It sticks to the walls of your arteries and makes them narrower, causing atherosclerosis. Consequently, you have reduced blood flow to your legs and feet.
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy & Foot Ulcers: Diabetic foot ulcers can be a complication of PAD, but could also be due to diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This is a common problem in people who have diabetes, affecting the nerves so you get unpleasant feelings and start to lose sensation in your feet. If you have peripheral neuropathy, you might not notice an injury, which could lead to infection and ulceration. Sometimes amputation is the only solution for serious ulcers.

 

How is Diabetic Vascular Disease Treated?

Changing your lifestyle is vital to treating diabetic vascular disease. Steps you can take to improve both your diabetes and any vascular diseases include:

  • Losing weight
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Reducing fat and sugar intake
  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Getting regular exercise

 

The team at Hamilton Vascular also specializes in carrying out angioplasty and stent placement in the peripheral veins. 

A stent is a mesh cylinder that fits into the narrowed blood vessel and opens it up. This improves blood flow and helps control the effects of diabetic vascular disease.

Find out more by calling the Hamilton Vascular office nearest you or booking an appointment online today.