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    Diabetes and Cold Feet : Possible Causes and Treatment

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    Diabetes and Cold Feet : Possible Causes and Treatment

    Post by Jan1 on Sat Dec 02 2017, 18:44


    "We’ve all heard of a bride or groom “getting cold feet” before walking down the aisle, but for people with diabetes, having cold feet takes on another meaning entirely.

    What causes cold feet?
    1. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a form of nerve damage, is one of the most common causes of cold feet. About sixty to seventy percent of people with diabetes develop some form of neuropathy over time. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is actually the cause of all kinds of symptoms, including tingling, burning, or sensitivity to touch. Your feet might seem warm to the touch, but feel cold to you. Symptoms may worsen at night.
    2. Poor circulation is another common cause of cold feet. Poor circulation makes it more challenging for your heart to pump warm blood to your extremities, keeping your feet cooler than the rest of your body.
    3. Peripheral artery disease, caused by clogged arteries in your legs, can reduce circulation and lead to cold feet. This could be a sign of something more serious, like increased risk for heart attack or stroke, but your doctor can usually detect it by checking the pulse in your legs.
    4. Certain medications, particularly those that cause blood vessels to constrict, can cause cold feet. Popular medications associated with cold feet are those to treat blood pressure, migraine headaches, and head colds. Talk to your pharmacist if you start to experience cold feet after starting a particular medication.
    5. Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by an underactive thyroid. Low levels of thyroid hormone interfere with your body’s metabolism, contributing to reduced circulation and colder feet.

    Other causes of cold feet
    Restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurological disorder that causes funny sensations in your legs when at rest, such as creeping, crawling, aching—and, sometimes, cold sensations on the skin of your legs that can be relieved by moving them.
    Tarsal tunnel syndrome, a type of nerve disease caused by compression of the nerves in the ankle and foot. This is more common in people with diabetes than the general population.
    Raynaud’s phenomenon, in which blood vessels spasm and restrict blood flow to your extremities.

    How can cold feet be treated?
    Prevention is the best treatment. People with diabetes can have a decreased capacity for healing, especially in the feet. And because of this, the risk of amputation increases. Use the following tips to warm up and prevent damage to your feet:
    1. Keep your surroundings at a comfortable temperature. This varies from person to person. Room temperature is considered 20°C (68 °F) to 28°C (82.4 °F).
    2. Avoid going barefoot, both inside and outside.
    3. Wear well-fitting socks and shoes for every occasion. Wear shoes with faux fur, fur, or sheepskin lining. Remember to make sure the sole of your shoe is hard enough that a tack wouldn’t go through it.
    4. Avoid hot water bottles, electric heaters, electric blankets, heated socks and shoes, and hot baths. These can burn your skin, and you may not know it until it’s too late, especially if you have neuropathy.
    5. Check your feet regularly for blisters, cuts, wounds, or other troubling changes. If you notice anything, talk to your healthcare provider to prevent things from getting worse.
    6. If you experience frostbite, elevate your feet, and keep them clean, dry, and covered. Contact your healthcare provider right away. This can be a medical emergency.

    Talk with your healthcare provider about other causes of cold feet, such as RLS, circulation problems, hypothyroidism, or medications."

    Words and picture from an article at 'dlife', please see their article with all relevant links here
    dlife.com/diabetes-and-cold-feet/

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Diabetes and Cold Feet : Possible Causes and Treatment

    Post by chris c on Sun Dec 03 2017, 23:30

    I was getting significant peripheral neuropathy, and to a lesser degree in my fingers too, all the while I ate my HCLF diet. This reversed quite quickly on LCHF.

    Even the Peripheral Arterial Disease has improved largely from getting my thyroid (mostly) under control and from walking enough to generate collateral circulation, as suggested by a vascular surgeon.

    Mostly nowadays my feet are cold because they actually ARE cold . . .
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    Re: Diabetes and Cold Feet : Possible Causes and Treatment

    Post by Jan1 on Tue Dec 05 2017, 18:38

    It's true!!!
    Sometimes our feet just get cold ...

    But if you are diabetic, it is perhaps better to be more cautious.

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    Re: Diabetes and Cold Feet : Possible Causes and Treatment

    Post by chris c on Tue Dec 05 2017, 21:52

    I went for a bit of a walk at Minsmere yesterday, but I got held up in the shops, and in the visitor centre talking to people, and by the time I got out the sun was already going down.

    I wandered around some of the woods and scrub looking for non-existent rarities among all the flocks of finches and tits, then aborted the rest of the walk because my feet were cold - but then the rest of me was cold too!

    Oh well, I bought my Christmas cards, and had a giant hunk of rump steak and a bunch of broccoli instead . . . the temperature sensor in the car was bleating on the way home, 3C.

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