Problems with heart and blood vessels

There is a higher risk of developing problems with the heart and large blood vessels when you have type 1 diabetes

This can lead to a heart attack, stroke or blockage of blood vessels supplying the legs and feet, which can lead to foot ulcers, infections and even loss of a toe, foot, or lower leg.

Spotting the signs of heart and blood vessels

Checking the pulses in your feet, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels will help to spot the signs early. These checks should all be done in your type 1 diabetes check up.

Reducing the risk of heart and blood vessel problems

Health and blood vessel problems are caused by regularly high blood glucose levels, so it’s important to manage your type 1 diabetes as best as possible and ensure you’re within the optimal blood glucose range.