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Question:

From Montana, USA:

I would like to know why diabetics often suffer from cold feet.

Answer:

Lots of people have cold feet. In most people, it's probably a combination of vasoconstriction (closing of small blood vessels near the surface of the skin), plus changes in the arteries relating to aging and extra cholesterol (atherosclerosis) plus some nerve changes (neuropathy).

What to do about cold feet?

  • Wear socks (even in bed, if you have cold feet at night).
  • And quit smoking (smoking causes extra vasoconstriction, as well as raising your chances of lung diseases and heart attacks).

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Original posting 31 Dec 96

  
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