The National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), established November as National Diabetes Awareness Month in 1975. It’s not only a chance to highlight the management of diabetes, but also drive the awareness to Peripheral Artery Disease, (PAD) since diabetes is one of the prevalent risk factors for the disease.
This month is of course a time when diabetes organizations of all sizes launch awareness efforts, initiatives, and campaigns, many of them encouraging people with diabetes to come forward to share their stories about living with this condition with the general public.
According to WebMD, About 20%-30% of people diagnosed with PAD also have diabetes. The real number may be even higher due to asymptomatic tendencies for Peripheral Artery Disease.
Here are some key risk factors of to be be cognizant of if you are living with diabetes:
- Age (Your risk jumps from 20% at age 40 to 29% at age 50)
- How long you’ve been living with diabetes
- Nerve damage
- Ethnicity (Latinx/Latine and Black/African Americans people with diabetes are at higher risk)
- Family history of Heart Disease or PAD
Some risk factors that you have more control over include:
- Being overweight
- Not exercising
- High blood pressure
- High LDL cholesterol
How Can You Lower Your PAD Risk?
Steps you take to protect yourself from PAD are similar to those that help your overall heart health. They include:
- Get your blood sugar under control
- Smoking Cessation
- Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Ask your Doctor about aspirin for blood flow
- Regular Exercise
- Eat a well balanced healthy diet
PAD is a chronic, and at times a lifestyle-limiting disease. If left untreated it can lead to amputation or even death. Due to the increased risk of PAD based on both hereditary and variables within manageable control by patients, the first step is education.
Please check out these three blogs related to Diabetes and PAD:
To learn more about how to manage your symptoms of PAD through minimally-invasive vascular solutions that Modern Vascular offers or to find answers to your diabetes or PAD-related problems, you can call (888) 853-1278 or use the online form at ModernVascular.com to request a consultation with a Modern Vascular Patient Advocate.
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