Diabetic Vascular Disease
July 12, 2010
Dr. Paul Fleser
Diabetic vascular disease refers to hardening of the arteries throughout the body caused by diabetes mellitus, a condition in which too much blood sugar, or glucose, builds in the blood because of a lack of insulin or because the body is unable to effectively use insulin.
Diabetics are five times as likely to have a stroke as people without diabetes, two to four times as likely to have coronary artery disease, and up to five times as likely to have peripheral arterial disease. Controlling blood sugar levels may help to prevent or slow the development of vascular disease.
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