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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

Welcome to my site, my name is Jess Indaja. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after struggling with my weight throughout my teen years and adulthood. My doctor informed me about all of the dangers associated with my diet and exercise habits. I was encouraged to change the way I ate and moved in an effort to reverse my blood sugar problem. I made the changes, but still struggle with controlling my blood sugar. After going through this trying situation, I decided to make a site that may help others with problems associated with type 2 diabetes. I will discuss diagnostic procedures, treatments and medical research concerning this disease. I hope you visit often and learn all you can to control your type 2 diabetes or help others with this condition.

Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

4 Foot-Related Signs That You Might Have Diabetes

by Carla Hudson

According to statistics from 2012, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes. What might be even more shocking, however, is that of those 29.1 million, a whopping 8.1 million were not diagnosed. This means that there are a lot of people out there who have no idea that they have diabetes.

However, many people who don't know that they have diabetes simply aren't seeing the signs. A lot of people think about blood sugar-related signs, but diabetes can show itself in a lot of surprising ways. For example, many people deal with foot-related issues when they have diabetes, whether it has been diagnosed or not. If you notice any of these signs with your feet, it could be smart to be checked out for diabetes.

1. Loss of Feeling

If you have ever found a blister on your foot but didn't feel it, or if you have walked around with a rock or other piece of debris in your shoe without realizing it until later, then you could be wondering why you aren't feeling these things. Unfortunately, diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet.

2. Overly Dry Feet

Overly dry feet can be attributed to more that not using enough moisturizer or living in dry conditions. If your feet feel as if they are always dry and scaly, diabetes could be to blame. Many people even find that they slather lotion and cream on their feet constantly to no avail. In these situations, it's important to see a foot and ankle doctor to ensure that there isn't anything serious going on, such as diabetes.

3. Improper Circulation

If you feel as if you don't have proper circulation in your feet, such as if your feet always feel cold and just can't get warm, or if you find that your feet "fall asleep" a lot, then you could have a diabetes-related foot condition.

4. Unexplained Calluses

It might not seem abnormal to find calluses on your feet after a major workout or after doing hard physical labor. If you find that you always have calluses on your feet, however, it could be a diabetes-related foot condition.

You might not think about looking at your feet to find out if diabetes is something that you should be concerned about. However, if you notice any of these four signs when looking at your own feet, then you should probably get checked out by a foot and ankle doctor to rule out other problems, and go to you primary care physician for diabetes testing as soon as possible. Then, you can get the medical help that you need as soon as possible, and you'll probably be able to see improvements in your feet as well.