How does diabetes affect my risk for aneurysms?

Dr. David W. Drucker, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

People with diabetes have a very high risk for developing vascular disease. Because of this, healthcare providers always encourage very careful foot care. They recommend that people with diabetes not just check and control their blood sugars, but also meet with a podiatrist. This specialist is an expert at examining the toes, watching for the development of ulcers and checking your pulses. A podiatrist often starts any workup, in fact, by sending you for noninvasive vascular studies.

Diabetes appears to be a protective risk factor for abdominal aortic aneurysm for reasons that are unclear. The main modifiable risk factor for aneurysms is tobacco use.

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