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Diabetes Adversely Affects Lung Function And Raises Risk Of Serious Liver Disease

DIABETES should be regarded as a multi-organ disease in light of new studies showing that the disease affects lung and hepatic function in ways not previously recognised. In the first study, diabetes has been linked to impaired lung function of a similar magnitude to that induced by smoking, while a second study has found patients newly diagnosed with diabetes face a much higher risk of serious hepatic disease than the general population. Restrictive effect on lung function A systematic review of 40 observational studies involving 3000 patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes matched to 27 000 controls was undertaken. It found those with diabetes had modestly restrictive impairment to pulmonary function, with a statistically significant difference in FVC, FEV1 and carbon monoxide lung diffusion. The impairment was observed in patients free of pulmonary disease and irrespective of BMI, smoking history, disease duration or HbA1c level. The authors, from the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, said while it would be premature to link cause and effect based on observational data, it was tempting to speculate that uncontrolled disease could ac Continue reading >>

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  1. fingfootball

    Numb toes

    This should have been the biggest red flag that I was diabetic, but I overlooked it for a while. Three of my toes on one foot are numb. The doctor says that it could take a year or more to regain feeling (if I ever do). He wants me to just keep an eye on them for infection or any changes. I do a lot of hiking and after they seem more numb. Does this go away? Is hiking and being on my feet making it worse?

  2. AnnC

    We can't give medical advice here, but in my experience, exercise improves circulation, so it should be helpful.
    But if you are experiencing more numbness after walking, then one thing to consider is your hiking boots.
    I visit a podiatrist five times a year to make sure my feet are in good condition. And every time I get a new pair of walking shoes, I take them along and have the podiatrist examine them and watch me walk in them to make sure they aren't causing problems.
    Also, it's possible that the numbness isn't diabetes related at all. I've found that when you get diabetes, some members of the medical profession will attribute everything to your diabetes. A podiatrist could help with your numbness problems, and maybe point to other possible causes.

  3. qtoffer

    Did your doctor rule out an injury or Morton's neuroma? Is the numbness worse, better, or the same with other shoes or while wearing only socks? Could be that your hiking shoes are too tight. Are you seeing a podiatrist or your primary care physician? I'd recommend a visit to a podiatrist.
    I've been experiencing metatarsalgia in the ball of my left foot for months. I figured that it was just a common hiking injury - a misplaced step off a curb, perhaps. It started as shooting pain in my second toe accompanied by numbness in the adjacent third toe. The ball of my foot hurt when I walked - especially on hard surfaces without shoes. It also felt as if my sock was bunched up under the ball, but it wasn't. I bought a set of Dr Scholl's metatarsal orthotics and the pain/numbness went away within a month. All of this happened before my T2 diagnosis, while my A1c was raging at 11.5.
    At the moment, my FBG and PPBG are well controlled, but just this past week, the metatarsalgia has returned. No numbness or pain in the toes, but pain in the ball and the bunched up sock sensation. I've gone back to wearing the orthotics, which relieve the pain and the sensation. I'm pretty convinced that this is a non-diabetic injury, but I'm seeing my primary Dr next week and I'll run it by him. I also have the name of a recommended podiatrist and plan to set up a visit - I need to have my feet checked out anyway.

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