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Diabetic does not cause varicose veins. However, diabetic and veins disease together can have a significant impact on health.

Diabetes causes high blood sugar levels, which can lead to the weakening of the blood vessels. In turn, the venous system is more susceptible to infection. Because blood vessels and veins are prone to inflammation and weakness, there is an increased risk of circulatory issues for those diagnosed with diabetes, including an increased risk for infection.

Varicose veins are abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels under the skin in the leg, which have lost their elasticity due to vein valves damage. When the valves are not functioning properly, blood tends to collect and pool in the leg, causing the vein to enlarge. It is prone to bleeding and ulcers.

Both varicose veins and diabetes have negative impact on blood circulation, the lower extremities are deprived of nutrients, making it harder to resist infections and heal from injuries. The risk of developing life-threatening complications such as deep vein thrombosis, rises.

As time passes and your feet are still unable to properly heal, wounds, sores and even calluses can grow in size and severity, becoming ulcers. At this stage, the risk of infection increases dramatically, as does the possibility of having to perform an amputation.

Get a proper screening to ensure that you are not suffering varicose veins together with diabetes.