Do Diabetes Cause My Mom Legs And Feet To Swell?


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Abi Ainscough Profile
Abi Ainscough answered
Diabetes mellitus, often simply referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria, frequent urination, polydipsia, increased thirst and polyphagia, increased hunger.

The classical symptoms of diabetes are polyuria, polydipsia and polyphagia.  Symptoms may develop rapidly within weeks or months in type 1 diabetes, while in type 2 diabetes they usually develop much more slowly and may be subtle or absent.

Prolonged high blood glucose causes glucose absorption, which leads to changes in the shape of the lenses of the eyes, resulting in vision changes. Sustained and sensible glucose control usually returns the lens to its original shape. Blurred vision is a common complaint leading to a diabetes diagnosis. Type 1 should always be suspected in cases of rapid vision change, whereas with type 2 change is generally more gradual, but should still be suspected.

People with type 1 diabetes may also present diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a state of metabolic dysregulation characterized by the smell of acetone; a rapid, deep breathing known as Kussmaul breathing; nausea; vomiting and abdominal pain; and altered states of consciousness.

A rarer but equally severe possibility is hyperosmolar nonketotic state, which is more common in type 2 diabetes and is mainly the result of dehydration. Often, the patient has been drinking extreme amounts of sugar-containing drinks, leading to a vicious circle in regard to the water loss.

A number of skin rashes can occur in diabetes that are collectively known as diabetic dermadromes.

Another symptom is Diabetic nephropathy, also known as Kimmelstiel-Wilson syndrome, which is a progressive kidney disease caused by angiopathy of capillaries in the kidney glomeruli. It is characterized by nephrotic syndrome and diffuse glomerulosclerosis. It is due to longstanding diabetes mellitus. As this affects water retention it can lead to swelling of the legs and feet.
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Anonymous answered
Yes I believed that your diabetic can be cured, because scientist in Nigeria have discovered the cure for sure. All we are waiting now is to see the medicine go through production so that we can it. Am praying for every patient for a break through in this evil sickness.
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Yes. In later stages, diabetes causes diabetic nephropathy Which is a kidney problem . Due to this swelling of legs, feet and ankles take place. This swelling can also be due to some medicines used for the diabetes like Avandia.
Jessica Baggarly Profile
Yes, it is. You need to go to the doctor if you haven't been diagnosed. Swollen feet and legs and a later sign of it.
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Well my girlfriend misty been having pains with her ankle its been swelling up for three days she went to the Hospital they gave her no answer cause they didnt no what it was so now her legs are swelling up now to its hard for her to walk when she gets up in the morning
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nettie answered
Not sure about diabetes but it is sure a sign that your body is maintaining fluid ....the best to you

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