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Foot Pain And Type 2 Diabetes—what You Need To Know

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects the way insulin is produced and used to control blood sugar levels. Over time, the body loses its ability to produce enough insulin to maintain a normal, healthy level, which can eventually lead to heart disease, kidney disease, nerve and small blood vessel damage, and stroke. Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults who are overweight and have a family history of the disease. Another health concern that is associated with diabetes is diabetic neuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage that occurs most often in the legs and feet. Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy Pain in the legs and feet Numbness or tingling Muscle weakness Digestive problems Urinary tract problems Foot ulcers or infections There are four main types of diabetic neuropathy. If have diabetes and experience any pain, numbness, or changes in your extremities, it is important to contact your doctor immediately. Treatment options Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for diabetic neuropathy available. However, treatment focuses on management of symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. In general, there are several things a patient can do to slow the progression: Prac Continue reading >>

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  1. erica h

    Anyone on here have type 1 diabetes? My husband was just diagnosed about 5 months ago and we'll be traveling to tulum soon. Just wondering if anyone can give suggestions? He's worried about dosing properly while eating all the different kinds of foods.
    Any suggestions are appreciated. We are very used to eat pretty low carb and what I'm looking at for Mexican food it seems like the food has a lot of carbs. Any tricks on dosing all the homemade foods and fruit juices?

  2. Adventurer2005

    This is probably a question better asked of his diabetic health care worker (nurse or doctor). Only someone familiar with what he does now and how he reacts can give detailed advice.
    Bring extra testing supplies so that he can figure out how he reacts to the change in diet (and activity). Possibly the recommendation will be to decrease the long acting insulin so that it can more easily be adjusted with rapid acting insulin.
    Never put your diabetic supplies (or any other important medications) in your checked baggage on the flight, and have more than you need. Seeing as you will be travelling together, split the supplies (insulin, syringes, and testing supplies) between you and have a note from his doctor for both of you. If you can, have all the pertinent info regarding his diabetes available in Spanish should he need to seek medical attention.

  3. Shanno66

    Hi Erica,
    I also have Type 1. Dosing while on vacation anywhere can be tricky. If you haven't already joined the Type 1 online community to research and get great advice from those living with it. (Message boards,etc.) Do it! The wealth of information and sense of community is great, knowing you are not alone living with the struggles of T1D. I would suggest for tips while traveling are: bring extra supplies of everything (either pump supplies or needles and vials of extra insulin). I never dose for juices or juice infused cocktails because I stay far away from them. Diet drinks (Diet Coke, Fresca) are good mixers. Test often!!!

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