Diabetes

What you need to know about varicose veins and diabetes

What you need to know about varicose veins and diabetes

Diabetes does not cause varicose veins. However, studies show that diabetes and vein disease together can have a significant impact on your health.

Diabetes causes high blood sugar levels, which can lead to the weakening of the blood vessels. In turn, the venous system is more susceptible to infection. Because blood vessels and veins are prone to inflammation and weakness, there is an increased risk of circulatory issues for those diagnosed with diabetes, including an increased risk for infection.

Varicose veins usually are unsightly, large and rope-like. They often develop in the legs and can be seen from the surface of the skin. But varicose veins also can be deep within...

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