Diabetes is a common condition that affects around five million people in the UK. But a lot of people may not even know that they have diabetes. You could be at risk if you develop a subtle pain in your legs.
Diabetes is a life-long condition, and 90 percent of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is where the body struggles to produce enough of the hormone insulin.
Insulin helps the body to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.
But if your body isn’t getting enough insulin, the amount of sugar in your blood starts to rise, which can lead to diabetes.
“Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes,” said the Mayo Clinic.
“High blood sugar can injure nerves throughout your body. Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet.
“Depending on the affected nerves, diabetic neuropathy symptoms can range from pain and numbness in your legs and feet to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart.
“Some people have mild symptoms. But for others, diabetic neuropathy can be quite painful and disabling.”
Meanwhile, other common symptoms of diabetes include passing more urine than normal, and feeling unusually tired.
Some people also find that they’re always feeling thirsty, despite drinking plenty of fluids.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs of diabetes.
Diagnosing the condition early could help to lower your risk of diabetes complications, including strokes or heart disease.