TYPE 2 diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar (glucose) levels to become too high, and if left untreated, serious health complications can occur. Having high blood sugar levels could put a person at risk of another dangerous condition. What is it?
If a person has type 2 diabetes and notices numbness, tingling, pain or weakness in the hands or feet, they should see a GP. These are early symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. The danger is usually when a person can’t feel pain and an ulcer develops on the foot. In cases of severe of prolonged peripheral neuropathy, a person may be vulnerable to injuries or infections. In serious cases, poor wound healing or infection could lead to amputation. It’s common for symptoms of neuropathy to appear gradually. In many cases, the first type of nerve damage to occur involves the nerves of the feet.
This can lead to the symptom of sometimes painful ‘pins and needles’ in the feet.
Symptoms vary depending on the areas affected.
Common signs and symptoms of the different types of diabetic neuropathy include sensitivity to touch, loss of sense of touch, difficulty with coordination when walking, numbness, burning sensation in the feet, bloating or fullness, nausea, indigestion or constipation.
A GP will determine whether or not you have neuropathy.
A GP will ask about any symptoms you may have and do a medical history.