Diabetic poor circulation

Imagine your blood flowing around your body to be a bit like a central heating system.



Boiler/pump. …………………………Heart


Pipes …………………………………Blood vessels


Feet. ………………………………… Last radiator in the system.


If your boiler/pump are not working efficiently your central heating will not work properly. If the pipes become clogged or furred up the water cannot flow around properly and some of your radiators will remain cold. If the water pies become damaged they may start to leak.

When the sugar levels in our body become too high our circulation system can start to become effected. The blood vessels can become narrower meaning the heart has to work harder to pump the blood and nutrients round the body.

The smaller vessels called capillaries can become damaged due to the extra pressure and so can work less effectively and become leaky. With our circulation effected the feel being along way from the heart can often shows signs of this reduced blood and nutrients.

Most people have heard of gangrene and often as a person with diabetes this is something feared most. Whilst gangrene does still occur the incidence of it does seem to be reducing.

There are two main types dry gangrene and moist gangrene often where an infection is present; this is more likely to spread around the body.

Gangrene is basically when an area of the body receives no blood or nutrients and will eventually starve to death.