Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation

Diabetes is a powerful risk factor

Diabetes is a powerful risk factor of peripheral artery disease (PAD). It has been linked to increased risk for amputation, including PAD-related amputations, and putting a person’s life at risk.

If you have diabetes, you should learn about PAD. One in three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have PAD.40

People with diabetes can exhibit multiple medical complications including PAD, nerve damage in the legs and cardiovascular disease.40 Their ability to properly use their feet and legs can become difficult, preventing them from walking as far or as fast as PAD patients without diabetes.19 And, people with diabetes and PAD have a 5 to 10 times greater risk of amputation than patients without diabetes.12,45

Learn about PAD and proper foot care if you have diabetes. Being aware of and educated about these symptoms, in combination with early detection and treatment of PAD, may help to prevent at least half of potential diabetes-related amputations.14

PAD and peripheral neuropathy

PAD and peripheral neuropathy are two related — but distinct — conditions. Peripheral neuropathy describes the many conditions associated with damage to the peripheral nerves, resulting in disrupted nerve signaling.

Peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves in the hands, feet, legs and arms. Its symptoms include tingling, pain or increased sensitivity, numbness and open sores.

Both PAD and peripheral neuropathy share the common denominator of diabetes. That’s why diabetes treatment and management are key. Make sure you keep regularly scheduled doctor appointments.

Talk to a health care professional about your options for treating PAD now. You can use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you.

Learn more about PAD and schedule a time to talk with your doctor, or use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you.


THE GOOD NEWS: There are many TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PAD. So don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now.