Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Henry C. Wessman


Diabetes Mellitus; Vascular Diseases


Diabetes mellitus is a major health care issue affecting thousands of people each year. As medical research strives for a better understanding of diabetes, the life expectancy of diabetics is increasing, and the complications associated with this disease process become more evident. Vascular disease has specific clinical manifestations as related to diabetes. It is the progression of arterial insufficiency in the vascular disease of diabetics that will be discussed in this study. The risk factors identified in diabetic vascular disease are presented as is their overall effect in the disease process. Current concepts of noninvasive vascular testing in the diabetic are addressed. The clinical outcome of the diabetic with vascular disease remains guarded, until research gains a better understanding of the pathology and the clinical assessment.