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Sunday, February 01, 2009 QUINNJD1, Community Member, asks

Q: Itching a symptom of Type 2 diabetes?

I sometimes have excessive itching on my legs, especially at bedtime. I have Type 2 diabetes and I'm taking Junuvia and Glimepiride. Can you recommend anything to relieve the itching?

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joandwilder, Community Member
2/ 2/09 1:20pm

Lots of really good moisturizing cream, like "Aquaphor"

Amy Tudor, Editor
7/ 6/14 4:16pm

Hi there, QuinnJD1 -


I'm sorry you're experiencing this itching.  It sounds like it would be very difficult to sleep with that kind of discomfort!  Only a doctor can tell you for certain if your diabetes or the medications you take for it are causing your itching. However, it is common for people with Type 2 diabetes to have problems with itching. Experts aren't sure why this is the case; it could be due to nerve damage, to metabolic problems related to blood sugar levels, or to dry skin related to the condition. Moisturizers can help with the dry skin, and having adequate blood sugar control should help with the other causes. Itching can be caused by a number of other conditions, as well, so it's best to let your doctor know you're experiencing this symptom so that he or she can offer the best treatment advice.


In the meantime, here are some links you might find useful as you learn more about managing your condition:

Tight Blood Sugar Control in Older Folks with Diabetes

Meals for Diabetics

Treatment for Diabetes: Introduction


Best of luck to you!


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By QUINNJD1, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/22/14, First Published: 02/01/09