Diabetes and Vascular Problems

Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which causes blockage in the arteries.

The result is a decrease in blood flow. PAD may be caused by smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Talk to your doctor if you have pain in your legs while walking, pain in your feet at rest, or of you have a sore on your leg. These may be signs of PAD.

You can reduce the risk of plaque build-up by:

  • Quitting smoking (smokers are 10 times as likely to develop PAD)
  • Managing blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol as recommended by your doctor
  • A lifestyle of regular exercise and healthy diet

75% of amputations are due to diabetes.  
Early detection and treatment is critical to limb preservation.

Our Heart and Vascular Center in Worcester, Massachusetts provides adults and children with the most comprehensive care for all types of heart disease and vascular conditions.   

Diabetes Limb PreservationThe Healing Powers of Placenta

“The major fear of any diabetic is limb loss,” said Dr. Louis M. Messina, chief of vascular surgery at UMass Memorial and acting Director of the Limb Preservation Center.  There have been many ideas for healing diabetic ulcers, however most have not been rigorously tested, according to Dr. Messina. “The use of the placenta membrane is relatively new and there have been studies done that suggest that it will make a big impact, but it’s still on the early side”.