health conditions


Question by  keri (33)

Are leg cramps a symptom of diabetes?


Answer by  Bren (76)

No they are not. Leg cramps are usually a sign that the potassium levels are low. Potassium rich foods such as bananas help a lot.


Answer by  Zoso (869)

The short answer is yes, they can be. Leg cramps are a bit mysterious and can have a variety of causes, most obviously unusual muscle exertion or strain. Diabetes can cause leg cramps related to low blood sugar or potassium deficiency. Other possible causes include dehydration, Parkinson's disease, hypoglycemia, and some medications.


Answer by  Lyli (21)

Leg cramps are not a symptom of diabetes because cramps have to do with potassium. The lack of potassium is what causes the cramps.


Answer by  mic87 (24)

Leg cramps are not a sign of diabetes but leg numbness is. With decreased functioning nerve endings in the extremities such as the arms and legs causing by the damage of increased insulin levels within the blood (diabetes)cause the aforementioned leg numbness.


Answer by  Anonymous

Leg cramps ARE one of many symptoms that can plague a diabetic. Most commonly a sign of low blood sugar. It can also be a symptom of many other problems. I have had severe leg & foot cramps as a result of my sugar "crashing".

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