• Barb Barb
    July 25, 2008
    Is edema and itching in the ankle related to diabetes?
    Barb Barb
    July 25, 2008

    I have swelling of the ankles and fluid retention in my body and it is not going away with lasix.  My blood sugar level on a fasting test was 96, and a week later after I had a few chips my blood sugar levels were 117.  I was told that it was not very high. Should I be worried about this?



  • Amy Tudor
    July 15, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    July 15, 2014

    Hi there, Barb - 


    This sounds very frustrating and I'm sorry you're dealing with it. I hope by now you've gotten some answers from your doctor about what could be causing the swelling in your ankles, since this swelling -- called edema -- can be a sign of a number of a health issues, including heart disease, kidney disease, and complications from diabetes. It can also be caused by just too much sittin and not enough exercise. I hope your doctor has given you some good advice.


    Here are some links on our site that you might find useful:


    Two Large Meals a Day for Diabetes

    7 Unusual Treatments for Diabetic Foot Pain

    Sleep More, Weigh Less for Diabetes Control


    Best of luck to you!


  • tinkerbelle July 26, 2008
    July 26, 2008

    I don't know about diabetes causing it directly, but I can tell you that Avandia caused edema in my lower leg (ankle to knee).  Switched to metformin, and it went down some but is still noticeable.


    While googling around looking at treatments for edema, I discovered that quite a few other medicines are known for causing fluid retention and edema.  If I recall correctly, NSAIDS are on the list, but with my arthritic knees, I'm not functional without them.

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