How To Deal With Leg Cramps In Diabetics?
Hello doctor, my father is suffering from diabetes and cholesterol .. if at night his legs often cramps / rises in his calves, why is it and how to deal with it? Is there any medicine to get rid of the cramps? R n r nUsually my dad likes to apply some balm or GPU oil to make his feet feel warmer and more comfortable, is this dangerous or not? Thank you
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Cramps can occur due to prolonged very strong muscle contractions. The muscle contractions in these cramps are generally harmless but can cause very disturbing pain. Cramps in the legs can occur due to several possibilities, including:
excessive muscle use (e.g. after strenuous exercise, long walks, etc.)
dehydration or lack of fluids
been in one position for a long time
decreased blood flow to the legs
there is compression or compression of the nerves in the spine
deficiency of certain minerals such as potassium, calcium, or magnesium
Diabetics tend to have blood vessel disorders. Interruption or decreased blood flow to the legs can cause cramps like the one your father felt. Here are some things your dad can do to help with his leg cramps:
Keep blood sugar normal, take the medicines regularly according to the instructions from the doctor.
Stretch your muscles, especially just before bedtime
Soak feet in warm water before bed
Doing gentle massage on the leg muscles can also help
Avoid sleeping on your side in the same position for a long time, the supine position is better
Make sure your father drinks sufficient amounts (at least 2-3 liters a day)
Eat complete nutritious foods regularly, pay attention to foods that are edible and should not be eaten by diabetics as well.
Massaging while applying balm or GPU oil is fine.
Beirkut this article is more complete about diabetes
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