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From Liverpool, England:

I have been a diabetic for 3 years and I control it, quite successfully, through diet and exercise. For the past month I have suffered with cold legs and feet and chronic leg and foot cramps (particularly at night), causing sleeplessness. Are these problems likely to be related to diabetes?


The leg and feet problems you have been having may be related to your diabetes or other causes. I would suggest you seek the consult of a foot specialist to determine if you are having problems with circulation, nerve sensations, or something else.

I can understand your worry and concern. Having had diabetes for such a short time, especially well controlled, it's not as common to have side-effects as you describe so soon. You didn't mention your age, but many adults diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes here in the US have actually had the disease undetected for 5 or more years before they are found. This may or may not be the case with you.

Again, my best advice to you is to see a foot specialist, continue to manage your diabetes within normal blood sugar range, as well as your blood pressure and lipids.


Original posting 24 Mar 1999
Posted to Complications


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