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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me the problems of swollen feet in type 1 diabetes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Swelling: Excessive swelling can be caused by many different things but the dangers are shoe irritation that can cause ulceration. Also, get circulation checked.
Dr. Neil Horsley
podiatry 38 years experience
Swollen feet: If your blood sugars are out of control, you can develop irritation in the nerves as a result of high blood sugar not converting to useful glucose in the nerve cells. Glucose will therefore convert to another type of sugar that actually irritates the nerve cells that therefore can cause nerve swelling which will diminish nerve function. Diminished nerve function can also reduce blood flow or change muscle function as well resulting in swelling.
Last updated Feb 18, 2019


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