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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Cold legs/feet and type 2 diabetes?

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago and very recently I have had a cold numb sensation in my legs and feet. Could this be a possible sign of nerve damage?
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    Olga Lutzko

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    At ‘Succeed in Diabetes’ we believe in helping you achieve your success in diabetes management. Olga has thirteen years experience in helping clients with insulin … View Profile

    Being a credentialled diabetes educator, i often see clinets who complain of this symptom.These clients may have had diabetes for a whil or are new diagnosed but may have had diabetes for awhile prior to diagnosis.Damage to the nerves in your feet is called neuropathy. It is caused by high blood sugar (glucose) levels over many years.
    It makes your feet less sensitive to pain and heat, which can make you more prone to acceident; You may not be aware theat you have stepped on something sharp, or when warming them , you may not realise that your toes are too close to the heat source. My advise would be to see a podiatrist which has the tools and expertise to test for those symptoms etc.

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