Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that leads, among other things, to chronically high blood sugar levels in the body. It is commonly referred to as the “sugar disease”.
There are 3 different types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes mellitus is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s own defense system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, resulting in insulin deficiency.
Type 2 diabetes, or adult-onset diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes and is a very complex disease caused by insulin deficiency and/or insulin resistance.
Gestational diabetes occurs for the first time during pregnancy, when there is a disturbance in glucose utilization, but this does typically disappear after birth, although the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later is increased.
Symptoms of diabetes mellitus?
Typical signs and symptoms in people with type 2 diabetes can include:
- increased thirst
- physical inefficiency, lack of drive, tiredness
- temporarily reduced concentration and memory
- depressive moods
- Tendency to infection of the skin, mucous membranes, and urinary tract
- weight loss
Complications of type 2 diabetes mellitus
Diabetic Neuropathy occurs when the nerves in various parts of the body are damaged by high blood sugar levels. Among other things, there are also sensory disorders in the feet which manifest in reduced sensation of pressure and pain.
Additional complications can occur like:
- Infections of the skin, mucous membranes, or urinary tract
- heart diseases
- kidney failure
- visual disturbances to the point of blindness
Diabetic foot syndrome is a common complication of diabetes, caused by excessive blood sugar levels over an extended period of time, which can damage nerve tracts and/or blood vessels. Even small injuries can sometimes lead to open sores with inflammation.
How can healthy people prevent type 2 diabetes from occurring?
- Reduce your excess weight.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Make time for daily exercise/sports.
- Watch your blood pressure.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Get enough sleep.
- Develop anti-stress strategies.
- Keep your check-up appointments and your medication as prescribed by the doctor.
If you do develop type 2 diabetes, there is a team of doctors who focus on treatment, such as diabetologists, angiologists, radiologists, vascular surgeons, orthopedists, and medical foot care.
For diabetics with vein disease, medical compression stockings must have special product properties in order to be used. Luckily, the mediven® angio was specifically designed for patients with chronic vein disease and mild-to-moderate PAD and/or diabetes mellitus. When the mediven angio was being created, the focus of designers was on the arterial situation and possible sensory disturbances, especially in the foot and toe area.
A clinical study has been done that has shown no skin lesions occurred in the 15-20 and 20-30 compression class categories, and that the blood flow in the smallest blood vessels (i.e. microcirculation) including oxygen saturation remained stable under the compression.1
mediven angio is the only medical compression stocking whose safety in use in patients with chronic venous disease and accompanying mild-to-moderate PAD and/or diabetes mellitus has been scientifically examined and confirmed in a clinical study.
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