The pancreas is responsible for producing the hormone insulin, which allows glucose in the blood to enter cells and feed our body. However, your body may be struggling with high blood sugar levels if your skin becomes shiny.
Sugar, i.e. glucose, comes from the foods you eat. Normally, the pancreas can detect when glucose is in the body and release an adequate amount of insulin.
However, people with type 2 diabetes cannot afford the luxury of this bodily response from functioning well.
Instead, the amount of sugar in the blood continues to rise, leading to symptoms and complications.
People with this condition may experience multiple bouts of thrush and genital itching.
Also, it can lead to blurred vision; cuts and wounds can also heal more slowly.
By the way, long periods of high blood sugar (i.e. hyperglycemia) can lead to non-healing wounds or sores on the feet.
Hyperglycemia can lead to serious foot problems, so next time you have it, take the time to carefully inspect your feet.
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Other causes of alarm include numbness, burning pain, dull pain, and loss of sensation in the feet or legs.
Also, take note if you suffer from foot or leg hair loss, or if your feet are swollen or not sweating.
Look for a bad smell coming from an open wound or blisters and cuts that you can see but can’t feel.
In severe cases, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to foot amputations, so it is really necessary to warn a doctor of any of the above signs.
High blood sugar levels can damage nerve cells, which is why feelings in the feet can become non-existent.
Additionally, high blood sugar can damage circulation in the body, which is why sores and cuts take longer to heal.
There are other serious consequences of type 2 diabetes, which is why it is important for diagnosing and managing the condition.
Other health complications of the condition include a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.
Additionally, those with uncontrolled diabetes may be at increased risk for kidney disease.
As kidney disease progresses, you are likely to have swollen ankles, feet, and hands.
Additionally, you may feel nauseous, as the kidneys struggle to eliminate waste from your body.