November is National Diabetes Month, an opportunity for physicians and surgeons to focus on the disease and its effects. Diabetes is considered one of the largest global health emergencies, dangerous in large part because high blood sugar damages blood vessels, possibly leading to eye disease, heart attacks, PAD, kidney problems and foot ulcers. Diabetes also magnifies the effects of other health complications.
SVS offers members a number of resources on diabetes, including an infographic on how diabetes affects blood vessels in the body. Members may find the infographic useful to download and display, plus print to hand out to patients with diabetes or at risk for the condition.