Vascular Disease & Diabetes: What You Need to Know

by | Nov 6, 2023 | Diabetes, Vascular Disease

November is National Diabetes Month, shedding light on the increasing number of people affected by diabetes and its interconnected health issues. One such health issue is the relationship between vascular disease and diabetes. This post will explore this crucial link between the two and explain how the Vascular Surgeons at Premier Vascular and Vein Center can diagnose and treat vascular disease through a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments.

How Vascular Diseases are Diagnosed

The Intersection of Diabetes and Vascular Disease:

Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does produce. As a result, this leads to increased sugar levels in the blood. Over time, high blood sugar can damage blood vessels, leading to vascular disease. 

When we speak of vascular disease in relation to diabetes, we are primarily referring to conditions that affect the circulatory system. These conditions can range from peripheral artery disease or PAD (narrowing of the arteries), venous disease or venous insufficiency (veins failing to efficiently send blood from the legs back to the heart), and more.

Why is Vascular Health Critical for Diabetics?

  1. Increased Risk: Diabetics are more prone to vascular diseases due to the prolonged high blood sugar levels, which can cause damage to the blood vessels. 
  2. Wound Healing: Compromised blood flow, common in vascular diseases, can hinder the body’s ability to heal wounds, particularly in the feet and lower extremities. This is especially concerning for diabetics who often experience neuropathy, leading to unnoticed injuries.
  3. Heart Health: The vascular system is intrinsically tied to heart health. Vascular diseases can elevate the risk of heart attacks and strokes, especially in diabetics.

How Premier Vascular and Vein Center Can Help:

Understanding the intersection of diabetes and vascular health is only the beginning. The real difference is made in timely diagnoses and effective treatments. This is where our Premier Vascular and Vein Center vascular surgeons come into the picture.

Expert Diagnosis

With state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, the center offers comprehensive vascular diagnostic tests. These tests can detect potential issues early on, allowing for timely interventions and reduced complications.

Variety of Treatment Options

  1. Surgical Treatments: For more severe vascular issues, surgical interventions may be necessary. Our experienced vascular surgeons specialize in minimally invasive procedures like angioplasty and vascular stenting to restore normal blood flow. The Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center specializes in minimally invasive vascular treatments.
  2. Non-Surgical Treatments: Not all vein issues require surgery. The center also offers minimally invasive procedures for varicose veins like sclerotherapy, laser therapy, and more. These treatments are effective in addressing conditions like varicose veins and spider veins, common among diabetics.
  3. Customized Care Plans: Understanding that each patient is unique, especially when dealing with an intricate condition like diabetes, the experts at Premier Vascular and Vein Center create customized care plans. These plans consider the patient’s medical history, the severity of the vascular issue, and other health concerns, ensuring that the patient receives the best possible care.

National Diabetes Month serves as a reminder of the extensive health concerns associated with diabetes. Premier Vascular and Vein Center is leading the way in comprehensive care and effective treatments for diabetes patients. 

If you or a loved one are diabetic, there’s no better time to consult with a vascular specialist at Premier Vascular and Vein Center to ensure that your vascular health is on the right track. After all, in the fight against diabetes, every vein and artery counts. Give us a call at (865) 588-8229 or visit to request an appointment.