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Diabetic angiopathy

What is diabetic angiopathy?

Diabetic angiopathy is a gradual disruption of the flow in very small arterial vessels, which are located directly in stressed cells. Depending on the affected area in diabetes mellitus, the functions of the following organs are first of all damaged: eyes, brain, heart, kidneys, the risk of developing gangrene of the legs and other organs can occur, which are one of the most common complications of diabetes mellitus. Angiopathy can manifest as damages of large vessels (macroangiopathy) as well as damages of small vessels (microangiopathy).

Pathogenesis

The reason for such damage occurs in the endothelium of vessels and leads to disorders of blood supply which is masked by the ongoing insulin deficiency. Symptoms of diabetic angiopathy resemble the symptoms of obliterating vascular disorders (endarteritis). Patients suffer from strain and pain in the legs, edema and trophic skin changes in severe cases. Pain usually develops during movement, which forces the patient to stop walking (intermittent claudication), which is an equivalent of pain in diabetes mellitus accompanied by neuropathy which can manifest as weakness and discomfort in the legs, which also create problems during movement. Part (final stage) of diabetic angiopathy is gangrene which occurs as a result of ischemia.

Treatment

We have developed an exclusive method for the treatment of diabetic angiopathy in our clinic. The treatment comprises of the administration of a combination of intravenous therapeutic laser with pharmacological therapy for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Prior to treatment, the patient is consulted by an endocrinologist, surgeon and physiotherapist. We treat diabetic angiopathy using methods of acupuncture, which is done by a physiotherapist, who is experienced in treating patients with diabetes mellitus for over twenty years. The administered treatment does not only improve blood flow in the vessels but also decreases the blood sugar levels, which significantly improves the quality of life of diabetic patients.

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