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My feet feel like something is stuck to the bottom of them all the time. They burn sometimes and sometimes they feel like pins are sticking in them. What can I take to make them feel better? I have type 2 diabetes, and am taking Glucophage.
Sounds like you probably have diabetic nerve damage. This presents with numbness, dysesthesias (odd and somewhat painful sensations), and/or pain in the feet. This form of neuropathy is frequently called peripheral neuropathy (or more precisely, distal symmetric sensory polyneuropathy). It is common in people with diabetes, and is usually attributed to long-term lack of control of diabetes – but it may also have additional causative factors including (among others) alcohol abuse, neurotoxic medications, and vitamin B12 deficiency. These should be investigated, and if present, treated. If no other factors are found, then the standard treatments for peripheral neuropathy s...
Almost everyone tells us we should get as much exercise as
possible. But the effects of exercise are sometimes controversial.
Exercise alone isn't apt to make you lose much weight. For
example, walking, an excellent form of exercise because it doesn't put a lot of
extra strain on your joints as running does, but burns very few calories.
The other day, I walked a total of about 3 miles, according
to my pedometer. It said I'd burned 200 calories. Big deal. I could cancel that
out with a couple of ounces of cheddar cheese or a little more than an ounce of
And, as pointed out by Gary Taubes in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories , exercise
can just make you hungrier. So after exercising you might eat even more than
enough to cancel out the calories burned by the exercise.
However, exercise has benefits that go beyond weight loss.
For one thing, by getting your heart rate up (unless your idea of exercise is
meandering), exercise strengthens your heart. ...
<p><strong>What Is Diabetes?</strong></p>
<p>Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder with abnormally high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) as its most prominent feature. During intestinal digestion, carbohydrates and proteins are broken down into simple sugars and amino acids, respectively. The liver converts all of the sugars and some of the amino acids into glucose, a simple sugar that is used for energy by every cell in the body.</p>
<p>Glucose passes from the bloodstream into the cells with the help of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas (a pear-shaped organ located just below the stomach). By attaching to receptor sites on the surface membrane of a cell, insulin promotes the movement of glucose-transport proteins from the interior of the cell to its surface, where they bind with glucose and carry it into the cell. In diabetes mellitus, several problems may interfere with this process: pancreatic insulin production may be p...
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