Each cell of your body requires oxygen for proper functioning.

Your arteries are the tubes, which supply oxygenated blood to the organs. After that veins carry it back to the heart.

Sometimes blood flow to some parts of your body may be impaired, leading to poor circulation in the limbs, gut, kidneys and to insufficient oxygenation of the tissues.

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It mainly occurs as a result of unmanaged diabetes, atherosclerosis (peripheral artery disease), obesity and Raynaud's disease (spasms of the tiny arteries in the hands and toes).

Peripheral artery disease has gained the lead among the culprits of poor circulation.

The problem is that fatty plaques accumulate on the internal part of artery's wall, narrowing the lumen. As a result, blood flow becomes extremely decreased.

It's not clear enough, why do atherosclerosis affects the vessels. Specialists say that smoking, high-calorie diet, uncontrolled hypertension and lack of physical activity can dramatically increase your risks of atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease.

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According to statistic data, more than eight million Americans suffer from this disorder. And many of them don't even know that their arteries are full of fats.

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In fact, symptoms of poor blood circulation become apparent only when the vessels get significantly damaged.

The earlier this problem would be catched, the higher chances of successful cure.

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Check up these warning signs of poor blood circulation in yourself:

#1 Numbness and tingling – you may experience these unusual sensations, when blood flow in your extremities becomes reduced.

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#2 Changes in color – lack of normal blood supply can make your limbs pale or bluish.

#3 Claudication – it's maybe the most frequent symptom of peripheral vascular disease. People with this disorder feel pain in the lower legs, which worsens when they walk faster or climb stairs. Having a rest usually relieve the pain. The longer disease lasts, the more frequently this symptom appears.

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#4 Slow growth of toenails and leg hair – impaired blood flow slows down growth of the toenails and causes their brittleness. Hair loss on the legs is also rather common sign of the narrowed arteries.

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Credit: Pixabay

#5 Non-healing sores – those with diabetes and reduced blood flow may suffer from ulcers and wounds that don't heal for a long time.

#6 Erectile dysfunction – loss of erection is a really stressful news for every man. Actually diabetes sufferers are more likely to suffer from this problem.

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