Doctor warns of strange telltale sign of diabetes which can appear on the legs

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Recent statistics show around one million adults in England alone have diabetes but haven’t got a diagnosis. A GP warns of all the symptoms you should look out for, including an unusual side-effect to the legs

A whopping three million adults in England alone are though to have type 2 diabetes – but around 30 per cent of cases go undetected.

Data from the Office of National Statistics predict that seven percent of the adult population currently have the condition – which causes the level of sugar in the blood to become too high. However, an estimated one million don’t have a diagnosis.

These shocking figures stress the importance of knowing the symptoms, as untreated diabetes can lead to a slew of other health issues including heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, and even amputations. Whilst most people associate diabetes with unusual toilet habits, there is one symptom that may occur in the legs.

Doctor Paul Ettlinger is a GP at The London General Practice. Speaking to The Express, he explained how hair loss on the shins could be caused by ‘poor blood supply’ which may be a warning sign of diabetes.

The expert says other telltale signs to look out for include: “Tingling and numbness in the feet, shiny smooth skin and loss of sweating resulting from damage to the autonomic nerves (those which are involuntary and control body functions), sores and cramps in the calves due to lack of blood supply).” He added: “Any of these could indicate that you might be diabetic.”

According to Medical News Today, hair loss in diabetics is cause by peripheral artery disease (PAD). This is where fatty deposits called plaque build up in the blood vessels inside the legs and inteferes with blood flow, and therfore hair growth.

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However, not every person with diabetes will experience this and it is not listed by the NHS as an official symptoms of diabetes. The health body warns Brits to see a doctor if they’re suffering with the following:

  • Urinating more than usual
  • Feeling very tried
  • Felling thirsty all of the time
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/ Wounds taking longer to heal than normal
  • Itching around the penis/ vagina
  • Repeatedly getting thrush

If you’re overweight or living with obesity, aren’t physically active, are over the age of 40 or from an Asian or Black background – you are at a higher risk of developing type two diabetes. You can calculate your risk in just a couple of minutes here.

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