Why Vein Screenings are Valuable for Diabetic Patients
- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in our country. Millions of cases have been diagnosed, and it is estimated that more than 8 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. Every year, we see more than 1 million new cases come to light. Diabetes is not a simple matter. Research has indicated that the dysregulation of blood sugar contributes to the development of secondary conditions ranging from gum disease to varicose veins to heart disease. Therefore, comprehensive health care involving relevant specialties provides the greatest benefit to any person with diabetes. Here, we want to discuss how vein screenings and necessary vein treatments play into this.
Vein Health for the Diabetic
Whether or not a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, vein health is an important matter. Varicose veins can be uncomfortable and cosmetically concerning. When diabetes and varicose veins coincide, we’ve got bigger issues to attend to. Studies suggest that there are circulatory implications for diabetes. Blood vessels and veins are prone to both inflammation and weakness. Diabetes also presents an increased risk for infection. The presence of varicose veins also indicates inflammation, which places extra stress on the body’s immune and circulatory system. What researchers have concluded through various studies is that diabetes and vein disease are mutually detrimental to one another.
Is Prevention Possible?
A diabetes diagnosis can feel somewhat overwhelming when you consider the risk of secondary conditions. The good news is that the risk for just about every condition that could occur after a diabetes diagnosis can be minimized by learning how to manage the diabetic state. A primary health physician or endocrinologist assists in areas including diet, lifestyle habits, and supplementation that work in harmony to keep blood sugar in a more regulated state.
In addition to blood sugar management, vein health can be supported by a diet that is low in sodium, because sodium can exacerbate the swelling that occurs in varicose veins. Movement is also a valuable aspect of vein health. Intervals of rest and leg elevation offset by walking, swimming (or water aerobics), or other physical activity have proven benefits for both diabetes and varicose veins.
Ultimately, there may be a need for varicose vein treatment at some point. If you experience symptoms such as pain and visible leg veins, we invite you to learn more about treatments that can help redirect the flow of blood to healthier vessels. Call The Vein Clinic in Columbia at (803) 253-8667.
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