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Cold feet? Numb toes? It's not winter, it could be diabetes

by , 27 June 2014

Are your feet and toes cold and numb? Do you have sores that are slow to heal?

Your diabetes may be what's causing these symptoms…

It's peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It's a painful condition caused by reduced blood flow to the legs, due to arteries that narrowed by damage associated with diabetes.

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Diagnosing of peripheral artery disease of the legs and feet
Diagnosing peripheral artery disease is simple and painless. Most commonly, doctors use the ankle and the upper arm to read the blood pressure. The two different readings are calculated, they should be roughly equal. If the pressure on the ankle is a lot less than the upper arm, PAD is present.
If you have diabetes you’re much more likely to have PAD which leads to heart attached or a stroke. But you can cut your chances of having those problem by taking special care of your blood vessels.
You can also have an ultrasound of your legs, a MRI which detect blockages within the blood vessels.
How do you know whether you at high risk for PAD?
Just having diabetes puts you at risk, but your risk is even greater under the following conditions:
·         Smoking
·         High blood pressure
·         Overweight
·         Abnormal blood cholesterol levels
·         Not physically active
·         Over age of 50
·         Family history of heart problems
You can’t change your age or whether you have a family history of heart disease, heart attacks or stroke but you can take care of your diabetes and the conditions that come with it. You can lower your chances of having PAD, by changing the above mentioned risks that puts you at greater risk.
What can you do to treat PAD?
Here are some steps you can take to lower your risk…
·         Definitely quit smoking
·         Checking your blood glucose daily and maintaining below 7%
·         Lowering your blood pressure
·         Checking your cholesterol
·         Watching your weight, by sticking to a diet for diabetics
And how to keep all these low and help…Exercise!
Studies have found that exercise, such as walking, can both treat PADS and can prevent it.
Walking 3 times a week, will help with the blood flow to the muscles in your legs and that means your arteries are healing. And the further and longer you walk the better it will become.
So take a walk, get active and healthy.

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