TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Suffering diabetes means a greater risk of developing foot problems. Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause some serious health complications in people with type 2 diabetes, including problems with the feet because an increase in blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, can impair sensation in the feet.
This problem can also affect blood circulation, which can lead to reduced blood supply to the legs. Without a good blood supply, people may have problems with wounds and wound healing and they may also experience cramps and pain in their legs or feet.
If these problems are left untreated it can lead to leg ulcers, infections, and worst of all amputations. The eight warning signs of high blood sugar found on the feet include:
– Swelling of the legs or feet
-Sensation of burning or tingling
-Lack of feeling in the feet
-Dead of feeling in the toes
-Nails grow inwards
-Sounds slow to heal
– Cracks between the toes
According to the UK’s National Health Service, you should see a GP if you have symptoms of type 2 diabetes or are worried you have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treatment is started, the better. Early treatment reduces the risk of other health problems. After a formal diagnosis type 2 diabetes, steps should be taken to lower high blood sugar levels, which include eating healthier and exercising more.