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What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is commonly called ‘poor circulation’ and refers to blockage in the blood supply to the feet. A buildup of plaque inside the arteries that carry blood to the feet causes them to thicken and harden. People without diabetes get this thickening and hardening of the arteries, too, but unfortunately these problems can happen sooner and can be more severe in people with diabetes. PVD is 20 times more common in people with diabetes than in the general population. Other things that put you at risk of developing PVD are smoking, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, high blood fat levels (including cholesterol), and high blood glucose levels. Women are just as much at risk, and young as well as older people can develop it.

You can help avoid or limit PVD by stopping smoking and keeping your blood fats and blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. See a registered Dietitian for help with your meal plan and add more physical activity to your lifestyle.

We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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Sutherland, NSW 2232

Tel: 02 9542 3491