Questions of risks from Diabetes

By TsalagiLenape Latest Reply 2012-05-28 05:58:47 -0500
Started 2012-05-20 07:02:42 -0500

I am hoping that we could all post about the various side effects illnesses and etc we get from Diabetes. Like a stroke, blindness and etc. To make a list and go from there. I think it will help all of us and the newbies as well. What do you think? Let me know if this has any merit.

25 replies

pixsidust 2012-05-27 09:27:03 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed I was thirsty, after meds this went away

My feet became tender when I got out of bed, I have a good comfortable leather slip on shoe with good arches that I stick my feet in now.
Slippers are not good enough so I went with a slip on shoe (Ariat)

Two weeks into my meds my vision went blurry. I could see but not the same. I had to sit right in front of the TV to see it clearly without fuzz. I could see to drive but not read road signs. Its good I have my normal paths memorized then. My glasses did not work. I wanted to get new ones. Really scared me. Dr said just wait a bit. One week later everything returned to normal.

My legs hurt and so do my hands. Mainly my legs and toes!
I force myself to walk no matter what but they hurt.
Taking time to stretch really helps
Sometimes I roll my feet on a frozen water bottle

I get dizzy when I am low. I start feeling low at 80 but the heavy dizzy starts at 70.

Juice make my numbers sky rocket.

My skin is dry especially my feet. I drink tons of water but they are still dry. I have to sand my feet almost daily or they will crack. I put tons of moisturiser on them. I use natural home made creams without alcohol, bought on Ebay or Etsy. I like the ones with shea butter, goats milk or coconut oil in combination. They are very thick and heavy. I use natural goats milk, glycerin and aloe soap as well thats less drying too. Skin care is very important!

I heal slowly when I do get a cut. Covering it vs leaving it open helps it heal faster. I got a bad 2nd degree burn measuring 8 inches by 8 inches.
They put a cream on it and covered it and kept it covered for weeks. The same goes for a cut. It just heals faster covered and moisturised

TsalagiLenape 2012-05-27 14:06:26 -0500 Report

Wow! now have you ever tried Vicks Vapor Rub for your feet? After they are washed dried slather some on your feet but not in between the toes, and put fresh socks. Let me know if this is good. It works great for mine. Hugs

pixsidust 2012-05-27 20:50:15 -0500 Report

I will let you know! That smell is not my favorite but worth the try for both your reason and James reason

locarbarbie 2012-05-21 13:47:25 -0500 Report

Well before I was ever diagnosed, like 5 years…I developed horrific dental problems almost literally overnight. I lost a tooth just by taking a bite of chicken! I am convinced that this was due to diabetes and do not understand why the dentist did not arrived at this conclusion. He accused me of not taking care of my teeth. I am only 55 and I have just gotten the rest of my teeth pulled and have just gotten dentures after having to have tooth after tooth pulled over the last few years. I am deeply ashamed of this, and other than my family, I have not told a soul until now.
I firmly believe that damage was being done for at least 5 years before I was diagnosed. I had not seen a doctor for years because I had no health insurance.
I also was told at my last eye appt that I have the beginnings of cataracts even though I had kept my blood sugar under control for the year since my last eye appt. My last A1c was 5.8, so I guess even then damage occurs?
I was also experiencing some neuropathy pain in my feet before I got my blood sugar under control. I will get a twinge from time to time, but nothing to really complain about.
For the last week or so, I have been having quivery twitching in my right eyelid. Of course, the 1st thing I think is that it must be due to diabetes! It could be anything, but I still worry! One more thing to bring up at my next Dr visit.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-27 06:37:31 -0500 Report

That makes me so mad..Like you 12 years ago I was with out health Insurance and as you put it with horrific dental problems..This was right before I was diagnosed as T2. I went to work for a great company with good benifits and everything was under control for years..Then I found myself unemployed at age 64. I went once again with out health Insurance.
For 9 months till I turned 65 and started medicare I was with out meds. By the time I Got health coverage again my blood sugar was up near 400 and losing the ability to walk any distance due to circulation problems in my leggs.
We are the richest country in the world and yet so many have to neglect their health problems due to a lack of health insurance..Sure I could have got my meds free. Only if my income was 10% below the poverty level..IT'S just not right.
Oh yeah LB I could never used to wearing my dentures

TsalagiLenape 2012-05-27 08:08:48 -0500 Report

I have my problems with my dentures but have overcome them. There is a rinse I believe that will help with pain and etc at the local drug store. But I agree that its a shame we have so much hassle with getting and keeping medical in this great country. I told SS that if I have to scrub toilets for medical I will whatever do it. Not joking at all on that! Hugs old biker!

locarbarbie 2012-05-27 07:47:15 -0500 Report

Oh my gosh…I am having the worst time with wearing the dentures. I have been back at least 6 times for "readjustments" I am in constant pain from rough areas on the denture that seem like they spring up overnight because they seemed smooth and ok before. Right now I am suffering with oral thrush due to ill fitting dentures, really more so the lower. I can't just walk around without them in my mouth so I am in constant pain. I also worry about the chemicals etc in the adhesive…that can NOT be healthy. I am a senior live in (5 days per week or so) caregiver for a gentleman with Alzheimers, and I must keep them in during the 14-16 hrs that he requires care becuase he has 8 children who pop in at all hours unannounced.
Eating has become a painful nightmare…You would think I would be losing weight, but no such luck, LOL. If I could afford to do so, I would spring for 2 implants on the bottom (I'm talking teeth, not boobs!) so I could use a partial rather than this p.o.s. lower denture!
I am actually considering buying a dremmel and doing my own smoothing/adjustments. I utilize a low income clinic and I have a heck of a time even getting an appointment. I am SOOO frustated, I can't believe this is how I have to live my life.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-27 08:57:53 -0500 Report

The dremmel will work fine and so will fine grit sand paper..Wood carving is a hobby of mine and I have a wood shop with all sorts of dremmel like equipment..I have friends come over all the time to smooth out the rough spots on their dentures..Even with the sand paper the trick is to due a little at a time..good luck :)

TsalagiLenape 2012-05-27 08:09:37 -0500 Report

yes that is true most them are full of zinc not great! I hope things work out for you. I know you must do what you have to even use the dremmel very carefully! Good Luck! Hugs

jayabee52 2012-05-20 08:32:16 -0500 Report

My addition to the list, Temi, is Kidney disease.

I have suffered from CKD (Chronic kidney disease) now since Nov 2006 and was on hemo-dialysis for 10 months before I was able to safely quit treatments. I am now for the past 1.5 yrs or so hovering on the edge of needing to return to treatments.

The other addition to the list is Diabetes Related Neuopathy (DN) with which I suffer burning pains from my knees down to my toes. The tingling neuropathy in my arms from elbows to fingertips makes me clumsy on the keyboard, but is merely an annonyance, but having both frustrates me no end.

Controlled 2012-05-20 17:59:07 -0500 Report

Have you ever looked into benfothiamine? It is a fat soluble form of vitamin B-1. You can buy the generic, or some overpriced "branded" name. I have been taking it for about two months to help with neuropathy and it has helped quite a bit. It was recommended by my podiatrist. Take a look on the internet.

jayabee52 2012-05-20 23:41:16 -0500 Report

Actually I do take Benfotamaine. Have been taking R-Allpha Lipolic Acid and Biotin as well. I have noticed a little easing of the burning pain, but It hasn't done away with it completely yet.

Controlled 2012-05-27 12:42:16 -0500 Report

But please know there is alpha lipoic acid and R-alpha lipoic acid. The r-alpha helped me, while the other form did not. I have looked around to find a simple explanation between the two and the best that I can do is to say that R-ALA is supposed do be better absorbed (more bio-available) that the ALA counterpart. I tested both for an interval. One worked for me and the other didn't.

You can buy either inexpensively (and even more inexpensively) online. I no longer believe that benfothiamine, R-ALA or other non-traditional approaches to treating neuropathy work very well. I also tried acupuncture, which didn't help much but ended up with multiple places on my legs that continued to hurt for weeks after the needles were removed. Perhaps some, or all, of these approaches will work for others. I finally learned that "western medicine" with all of the criticisms that accompany it helped me a lot.

Best of luck to you.

Caroltoo 2012-05-27 12:48:07 -0500 Report

I've tried both forms of ALA also. I use the more generic form because the r- lipoic made me sick to my stomach. It is described as more bioavailable which sounds like a good thing, but just didn't agree with my body.

Controlled 2012-05-27 13:05:50 -0500 Report

Interesting…you're the second person who told me that. I'm glad that you found something(s) that help you. I'm reluctant to provide sources that I use (because I don't want to be perceived as selling or marketing anything), but I buy ALA, Benfothiamine (B-1) and other vitamins online for a lot, lot less money.

Caroltoo 2012-05-27 12:20:04 -0500 Report

It helps clear out cellular waste caused by the destructive effects of high blood glucose and lack of insulin IN the cells, not stuck in the blood because of our insulin insensitivity. It is also used as a successful treatment for neuropathy. I take 600 mg am and pm and supplement with 5000 mcg of biotin because the alpha lipoic acid tends to deplete biotin from our system.