I met a diagnostic cardiovascular technician recently. When I asked her what she did, she told me that using ultra-sound she looked at patient’s blood circulation; their “plumbing.” We talked a bit more and I found out that most of her patients were over-weight and had Type 2 Diabetes. I asked her what the connection was between Diabetes and poor circulation. (I wanted to hear it from her.)
“Oh, please! I see people who can barely walk due to their weight, or have trouble walking because they are obese. I just want to ask them when they decided to give up all activity, but I can’t.” She explained to me that for many it had to be years since they were able to lead a normal even semi-active life.
“And, you know, it doesn’t take much activity to keep you healthy.”
Diabetes – Poor Circulation
Poor circulation problems are a complication of Diabetes, but how does it happen? How does Diabetes poor circulation?
The first it happens is through Macrovascular Disease.
High blood glucose causes hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to a heart attack, stroke or poor circulation in the feet.
Heart disease is the leading cause of diabetes-related death. Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes. The risk of stroke is also 2 to 4 times greater for people with diabetes. bd.com
And, if that’s not enough, there’s Microvascular Disease:
High blood glucose also thickens capillary walls, makes blood stickier and can cause small blood vessels to ‘leak’. Together, these effects reduce blood circulation to the skin, arms, legs, and feet. They can also change the circulation to the eyes and kidneys. Reduced capillary blood flow may cause some brown patches on the legs.
But, there’s hope. If you control your A1c to 7% or less, you greatly reduce the risk of complications.
Research has shown that for every 1% that you reduce your HbA1c level, the risk of heart attack drops by 14%, the risk of microvascular disease falls by 37% and the risk of peripheral vascular disease drops by 43%. Each additional 1% drop in your HbA1c score reduces the risk of complications even more.
What Can You Do?
So, how are you going to control Diabetes. First, change your thinking to the need to control your Diabetes. Absolutely and completely control the disease. How? Diet. Exercise/Activity. Meds, if prescribed. Eat a diet that is heavy on fresh, raw vegetables, some fresh fruit, a bit of protein, and some whole grains. Exercise for just 30 minutes a day – this can be as easy as walking which is an absolutely amazing way to exercise. And, take your meds, if prescribed.
I lost 70 pounds just by changing my diet and walking. As a result of losing the weight, I no longer have to take any meds to control my Diabetes. It’s impossible for me to explain to you the great health I enjoy daily – and you can enjoy it, too!
You can control Diabetes; do not have to be a victim of poor blood circulation; and, can fight and win your War On Diabetes. Please, take this to heart.
As always, thank you for your time.