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How can you tell if something is wrong with your body if you have diabetes?

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When you have type 2 diabetes, even small signs from your body can be a clue that something bigger is brewing:

The good news is that staying on top of your diabetes will help you avoid -- and in some cases, reverse -- serious complications. Stay in tune with how you feel, and report any changes to your doctor.

  • Leg pain, numbness, or sores that take a long time to heal might mean your arteries are becoming diseased.
  • Feeling shaky, sweaty, irritable, or confused can be a sign of low blood sugar.
  • Falling and breaking bones often could mean your bones aren’t getting enough calcium, possibly because of osteoporosis.

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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