HealthYour legs might be signaling severe diseases. Unmasking symptoms of diabetes and atherosclerosis

Your legs might be signaling severe diseases. Unmasking symptoms of diabetes and atherosclerosis

Symptoms of diseases often appear on the legs.
Symptoms of diseases often appear on the legs.
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7:56 AM EST, January 10, 2024

Atherosclerosis is a highly dangerous disease that results from the accumulation of lipids in the blood vessels. This condition develops over several years, disrupting the normal flow of oxygen-rich blood. Over time, this leads to a reduced oxygen supply to critical organs like the heart and brain.

Interestingly, some symptoms of atherosclerosis appear in the lower extremities. These may include leg pain experienced during physical activity, swelling, pale skin, and slow healing wounds on the legs.

Diabetes symptoms on the legs

One of the unusual symptoms of developing diabetes is leg pain accompanied by tingling and numbness. This happens because a high concentration of glucose in the body, over time, can lead to nerve or blood vessel damage. In such cases, we refer to diabetic neuropathy. If you notice these symptoms, consult a diabetologist immediately.

Other diseases reflected on the legs

Swelling of the lower extremities could result from mechanical injury, fatigue, excessive external temperature, or fluid retention due to hormonal changes. However, more severe conditions like heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or impaired kidney function could also lead to swollen legs.

Our legs can also present signs of impaired blood circulation, caused by plaque formation on the blood vessel walls. These symptoms may include a change in skin color, slower nail growth, and hair loss. Additionally, blocked veins frequently result in pain in one or both legs and a cold sensation in the feet, independent of the surrounding temperature.

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