The University Herald published an article on August 7, 2014 linking peripheral neuropathy to cardiovascular diseases. What is diabetes and how does that connect to peripheral neuropathy?
Diabetes: A lifelong (chronic) disease in which high levels of sugar in the blood are calculated.
Peripheral Neuropathy: Diabetes damages blood vessels and nerves with poorly controlled blood sugar that leads to poor circulation and loss of sensation in feet.
The loss of sensation in feet typically factors foot ulcers leading to increased risks of strokes and heart attacks. A study done with 13,000 patients with Type 2 Diabetes and no cardiovascular disease history showed that patients with peripheral neuropathy were linked to develop heart and circulation problems. Peripheral neuropathy tests are carried out through simple clinical ways that identify higher-risked diabetic patients, and in turn, provide more intensive monitoring or treatments. Researcher Jack Brownwigg states that cardiovascular disease is known to be higher in patients with diabetes.
An article on philly.com published today, August 13, 2014, stated statistical facts on the increased growth of diabetes and obesity in America.
- 2 out of 5 Americans will develop Type 2 Diabetes.
- 40% men & women with ever-increasing human lifespans to increase lifetime risks of Type 2 Diabetes
- Vast majority of people with diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes (noted from the American Diabetes Association)
- 600,000 adults of lifetime risks of diabetes and years lost between 1985-2011
- Average 20 year old male: risk increased 21% from late 1980s to 40% in 2011
- Average 20 year old female: risk increased 27% from late 1980s to 40% in 2011
The article also displayed a new term, diabesity: the combined effects of diabetes and obesity epidemics. With the human lifespan longer, more people are likely to develop this new term, diabesity, with lack of exercising and eating habits. It has also been studied that people with Type 2 Diabetes are now living longer due to medications and treatments for specifically cardiovascular diseases and complications such as loss of vision, nerve damage, kidney failure, and heart disease.
Doctors and health cares advocate Americans to healthier way of living:
- Exercise daily
- Eat right
- Get good sleep
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