I. LAZARETH, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY I. LAZARETH, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Calcified hand arteries. X-ray of the hands of a diabetic with arteritis (inflammation of the arteries). Some of the arteries are calcified, so they show up on the X-ray as faint white lines between the bones. The calcification and inflammation is a result of diabetes, a hormonal disorder that can lead to high blood sugar levels and a consequent deterioration of the blood vessels. Steroid drugs can treat the inflammation, while insulin injections can prevent further diabetes-related damage.
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