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Definition of Diabetic Angiopathy
Diabetic angiopathy is a form of angiopathy associated with diabetes mellitus. While not exclusive, the two most common forms are Diabetic retinopathy and Diabetic nephropathy, whose pathophysiologies are largely identical.
Symptoms of Diabetic Angiopathy
There is no concrete symptoms of this disease. Although, being a complication of diabetes, it follows the same pattern of symptoms as that of diabetes mellitus. Frequent urination or large amount of liquids, being always thirsty, stress and fatigue and other symptoms like pain in the head, eyes or other parts of the body.
Causes of Diabetic Angiopathy
This is a disease which occurs as a complication of Diabetes mellitus and caused by high levels of blood sugar in our system thus resulting to the damage or eventual death of our lymph vessels or blood vessels.
Diagnosis of Diabetic Angiopathy
Constant check-up and monitoring of people especially those that are suffering from diabetes should be done. Problems in the vascular vessels of the heart,eyes, limbs, kidneys and brain should be avoided.
Prognosis of Diabetic Angiopathy
Prognosis is generally poor for all forms of Diabetic angiopathy, as symptomatology is tied to the advancement of the underlying pathology i.e. the early-stage patient displays either non-specific symptoms or none at all.
Treatment of Diabetic Angiopathy
Treatments often recommended by Physicians for the patient includes control of the level of blood sugar, avoiding high blood pressure or hypertension, improving levels of cholesterol, monitoring the levels of protein in the urine called proteinuria, conduct eye tests to examine vessels and check dilated pupil, care for the feet, indulge in regular exercise to encourage blood circulation, healthy diet, getting and maintaining healthy weight, limiting intake of alcohol and definitely no smoking. Doctors may also recommend aspirin therapy.
Prevention of Diabetic Angiopathy
The main ways to prevent diabetic angiopathy is to monitor and keep in normal levels the following:
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