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12 Silent Diabetes Complications You Need to Know About

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You can have foot problems

Type 2 diabetes complications often include foot problems, but simple routine steps can help. Damaged nerves in the feet can cause you to lose sensation in your feet, so youre less likely to feel pain, heat, coldor, say, a blister from a new shoe, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Since you cant feel these early warning signs, feet can more easily become infected; whats more, high levels of glucose in the blood and impaired blood vessel scan make the infections slower to heal. (In very severe cases, bad infections just keep getting worse, causing skin tissue to die. This is what leads to the need for amputations).

But simply looking at your feet every day can ensure this never happens. Examine your feet every day for redness, swelling, ingrown toenails, or any areas of discoloration and tell your doctor if you find anything.

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