The narrowed blood vessels in your legs and feet may also cause problems in those areas. In people with diabetes pad often affects smaller blood vessels below the knee which makes it less likely to cause pain and other symptoms.
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Effects of diabetes on legs. Other nondrug treatments may include leg massages soaking your legs in a hot bath heating pads or ice packs applied to legs and good sleep habits. 12 with or without diabetes these cramps are characterized by the sudden involuntary and. In fact almost 50 percent of people with diabetes who have pad experience no symptoms at all.
For example your feet may feel. This is in part because many people with diabetes have neuropathy and decreased sensation in their legs. 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a diabetes forum member.
It can take work to get your diabetes under control but the results are worth it. Diabetes can lead to a variety of complications. Webmd explains how the kidney disease can affect your legs and feet.
If diabetes damages nerves in your arms or legs its. Find support connect with others ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes their carers and family. Leg pain and cramps often occur as a result of nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy.
Although people may find some relief with these measures they rarely solve all of the symptoms. And you may have. Diabetes can increase your odds of amputation.
A smaller body of research also suggests that diabetes can increase your risk of experiencing leg cramps potentially due to swings in blood sugar levels certain medications and long term complications such as diabetic neuropathy nerve damage. Uncontrolled diabetes means your blood sugar levels are too high even if youre treating it. Having diabetes can damage the nerves and blood vessels that supply your legs and feet.
This puts affected people at increased risk of developing ulcers on the feet and legs which can become infected and in the worst cases develop gangrene where the tissue dies resulting in the need for amputation. Medications may be helpful for some people with rls. The effects of diabetes on your body also depends on the type you have.