If either dorsalis pedis or posterior tibial pulse can be felt, then it is highly unlikely that there is significant ischemia. However, the American Diabetes Association has recommended that the ankle-brachial pressure should be measured in all diabetic patients above 50 years of age (15). Indeed, a recent study showed a 21% prevalence of peripheral arterial disease as indicated by a low ankle-brachial pressure index in newly diagnosed diabetic patients (16). However, many diabetic patients have medial arterial calcification, giving an artificially elevated systolic pressure, even in the presence of ischemia.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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