A great question that needs to be answered is: what is the connection between Diabetics and Circulation? Good blood circulation is imperative in your maintaining overall physical tasks and health. Issues begin to happen when your blood is not circulating properly.
Why do Diabetics Have Poor Circulation?
One area where it can start is poor blood circulation in the feet. I have numbness in my feet, but it’s not from poor circulation because I’ve had tests done to show that, but it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be concerned about possible blood circulation in the future and in other areas of the body. I will be discussing poor circulation in the legs too.
One big reason I keep a check on things such as circulation is because of diabetes. I have mine under control, but I’m always mindful of the things that can happen with diabetes. Poor circulation can lead to many different problems and you don’t need them especially when you get older.
And it’s usually the result of bad choices we make such as eating unhealthy and lack of activity and exercise. You don’t want a stroke, kidney damage, or varicose veins which all can develop from poor blood circulation.
Poor Circulation and the Details
Once you start to experience poor blood circulation, it’s in the hands and feet. This can result from the start of plaque building up on the inside of your capillaries and your blood vessels. With some people it’s just mild with a little discomfort.
But when it gets more serious, you can be looking at varicose veins, high blood pressure, a stroke, problems with kidneys, hypertension, heart issues, or other problems that result from the restriction of blood flow.
Your circulatory system is responsible for delivering the necessary nutrients to your cells in your body. When the blood flow in a certain area of the body is compromised and your cells are unable to receive all of the energy and nutrients required for your body to function in a normal and healthy way, then it becomes a problem.
Now everyone can experience these problems but it’s more likely in someone with an underlying issue. That means children and babies too unfortunately.
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What are Some of the Symptoms of Poor Circulation?
- Lumps in varicose veins and blood vessels
- Experiencing dizzy spells
- Having memory problems, slowing of your mental abilities
- Dry skin in spite of drinking sufficient amounts of water
- Needles and pins feeling
- Skin blemishes and blotches
- Possible headaches
- Having some loss of hair on the legs and feet due to poor circulation
- Any feeling of shortness of breath
- Lack of energy and feeling exhausted most of the time
- Pain in the calf that keeps recurring
- A scratch, cut, or sore that takes a longer than normal time to heal.
- Cold sensations in your feet and hands.
- The growth of toenails slower than usual
- Coldness in your lower and legs and feet in comparison to other parts of your body
- Sudden loss of appetite
- Immune system weakening
- Erectile dysfunction in men
- Dark circles under your eyes
- Swelling of your hands and feet
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Have you noticed that maybe you’ve not been walking as much as you used to? Stop and take a minute to think about the reason for this. Is it because of a possible sore on your foot that is taken a very long time to heal or might it be because you’ve experienced aches of your muscles in your legs? Hmm, poor circulation perhaps? Well you need to do something about this.