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An expert explains why all diabetics need to see specialists from time to time

by , 28 November 2016
An expert explains why all diabetics need to see specialists from time to time
If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you already know how important it is that you go for regular doctor visits and tests.

But according to Dr Gregory Moneta, the chief of vascular surgery at Oregon Health and Science University's Cardiovascular Institute, seeing specialists from time to time is just as important. Here's why...

People with diabetes are at risk for vascular complications, expert says

Dr Moneta explains that people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are at high risk of vascular complications but to high blood sugar levels. However, they can take measures to reduce this risk by seeing specialists on a regular basis.
Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for any form of vascular disease, both symptomatic and asymptomatic,” Dr Moneta reported in a Society for Vascular Surgery news release. “Those with diabetes should have regular doctor visits and tests, and may need to see specialists such as ophthalmologists, vascular surgeons and podiatrists for check-ups,” he added.

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Vascular complications caused by diabetes range from eye disease to heart attack

Dr Moneta reports that vascular complications that type 2 diabetes can cause include eye disease, peripheral artery disease (when the circulation in your legs becomes impaired and your arteries start to narrow), peripheral neuropathy (when your nerves get damaged), heart attack, kidney failure and foot ulcers.
But there are a couple of ways that diabetics can lower their risk of vascular complication. Dr Moneta recommends the following:
  • Visit an eye specialist for regular eye exams;
  • Take part in light to moderate exercise a few times a week;
  • Wear proper footwear and go for frequent foot checks;
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight;
  • Keep your blood sugar and cholesterol levels steady;
  • If you smoke, quit immediately; and
  • When you experience leg or chest pain, consult your doctor immediately.
Remember – November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so be sure to share this article with fellow diabetics!

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