Does diabetes lead to poor circulation in the feet?

diabetic foot

diabetic foot

If you have diabetes you have an increased risk of developing a narrowing of the arteries (peripheral vascular disease). This is caused by fatty deposits, called atheroma, which build up on the inside lining of arteries (sometimes called ‘furring’ of the arteries) and can reduce the blood flow to various parts of the body. Skin with a poor blood supply does not heal as well as normal and is more likely to be damaged. Therefore, if you get a minor cut or injury, it may take longer to heal and could become worse and develop into an ulcer, especially if you also have reduced sensation in the feet and cannot feel the wound.

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by Marta | 05/11/2014