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From Cleveland, Oklahoma, USA:

My wife has had diabetes for 27 years, and her feet and legs swell during the day, but return to normal during the night. Is this her kidneys starting to malfunction? If so, what steps should we take?


The symptoms your wife is having are not necessarily from progressive renal dysfunction. They could be from a number of causes. Medications used to treat high blood pressure may induce salt and water retention. Varicose veins do not allow the blood to return to the heart efficiently. Prolonged upright posture may cause weakening of the valves in the veins.

The way to approach this would be to make sure your wife has her usual follow-up with her physician. With diabetes, it is recommended kidney function be routinely monitored. If no other source of symptoms can be found, she still may want to use support stockings to decrease leg swelling while she is on her feet during the day.


[Editor's comment: Also, see How to Protect your Kidneys, at the Diabetes Monitor. WWQ]

Original posting 3 Oct 2001
Posted to Complications


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