Almost 5% of the New Zealand population has a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. In some cases, people are living with diabetes unknowingly. Varicose veins are one sign of diabetes and can indicate more significant medical problems.
Luckily, there are ways you can manage diabetes and varicose veins. Are you wondering how all of these medical conditions are tied together?
We have simplified it in our complete guide below. Keep reading to learn more about how you can improve your health and blood circulation through lifestyle changes and minimally invasive treatments.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that results in high blood sugar levels. There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.
Insulin acts as a carrier for sugar to be moved from the bloodstream and into cells. Type 1 diabetic patients do not create insulin, whereas type 2 diabetic patients become resistant to insulin.
In both scenarios, sugar can build up in the bloodstream and lead to various health risks, such as:
- Heart disease
- Vision loss
- Venous insufficiency
When complications do arise, it is crucial that you seek immediate medical care, but generally, diabetes can be managed well under the care of your GP.