Burning in Feet After Eating? Possible sign of being diabetic?

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greyfox
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   Posted 10/27/2015 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

I used this site a while back when suffering from anxiety and had a positive experience so thought I would give this community a whirl. In the past 2-3 weeks I've had a handful of instances where after eating my feet feel warm, as if they were in hot tub is probably the best way to describe it. Its annoying more so than painful. I'm concerned it may be blood sugar related after doing some research on the matter. I'm 28 years old and over the past 3-4 years I've had blood work every year for my annual checkout and never any issues with my fasting blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1c Tests have always come back normal. I'm 265lbs so overweight but only 2 cases of diabetes are known in my family and both occurred after the age of 50, and likely from lifestyle.

I've read that diabetes takes years to develop in typical cases, but I'm wondering how likely is what I am describing is blood sugar / diabetes related? I apologize ahead of time if the question seems ignorant but I am ignorant on the matter. I have my anual checkout in 6 weeks where I'll get my blood sugar tested again.

Should I be concerned or am I reading into this too much?

As a side note it usually last a few hours then goes away, or at least becomes minimal.

Post Edited (greyfox) : 10/27/2015 12:44:00 PM (GMT-6)


Lanie G
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   Posted 10/27/2015 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
First, welcome to the Diabetes Forum! I'm not a doctor, so I can't tell you if you have diabetes or not but I can give you information.

There are two stickies at the top of our forum "For Newbies" and one with different resources. Also, the following website has lots of facts, studies, and so on about blood sugar/diabetes: www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/. There's a search box on that site which is helpful.

Diabetes type 2 frequently runs in families, but people may also push themselves into blood sugar problems by being overweight, eating the wrong food and not getting regular exercise. The only way to know if a person is diabetic or so-called "pre-diabetic" is to test the blood sugar.

Fasting blood sugar should be under 100, according to the charts in doctors' offices, but a non-diabetic's blood sugar is always in the 80's, so if a person's blood sugar results are frequently in the 90's and then creeping to the low 100's, then that is a warning sign. Labs, doctors and the American Diabetes Association (in addition to well-meaning family members) will give you different parameters of what "normal" blood sugar should be. Officially, diabetes is diagnosed if fasting results are higher than 125 on more than one occasion. However, in my opinion, it's too late and too high. This happened to me as my blood sugar crept higher and higher until my doctor ordered a GTT (glucose tolerance test) which showed I cannot metabolize carbs.

Anyway, about your feet. I don't know about those feelings actually being related to the time that you're eating. Neuropathy of the feet happens over a period of time with blood sugar rising or just being too high all the time period, but there is no rule of how long or how high blood sugar needs to be since everyone's different. Neuropathy should not feel warm just when you eat. Neuropathy may make your feet (especially the bottoms) numb and your feet might get tingly sensations. Over time, your feet would hurt, too. Those sensations are not just related to when a person eats, as far as I know.

Being 28 does not mean you can't have diabetes or blood sugar problems but since you do have some weight to lose, and since there are a couple of diabetes cases in your family, then please see your doctor.

I know you are having an annual check-up in 6 weeks and that is very important to do, so that's good! From what you write, you may indeed have blood sugar problems. Could anxiety be causing the strange sensation in your feet? Maybe. This is why testing your blood sugar is very important.

Can you give me an idea of what you eat during the day? (I'm glad you found our forum!)
Lanie

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metformin
very low carb way of eating

greyfox
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   Posted 10/27/2015 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
My diet varies, typically it is not healthy but I've been working to change it the past two weeks. Today I had a beagle in the morning around 9am. For lunch I had a salad from Chipotle with just a little rice, chicken, black beans, mild salsa. about 30-45 minutes after eating my feet felt warm. I'm trying to eat more fruits and vegetables but I'm sedentary most of the day. I'm a software developer and I've had a lot on my plate lately so I've been working 10-11 hours a day sitting at desk, without getting up much.

I was done to 225 lbs around this time last year but I started having anxiety and panic attacks. I wasn't able to workout anymore because I would get panic attacks. I ended up going on Zoloft, was hungry all the time, got into bad habits, and put back on all the weight I worked hard to get off :(

Can someone really develop a blood sugar condition is less than a year? Like I said I had the annual exam and blood drawn every year and never had any signs if issues with blood sugar. The last one was less than a year ago.

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/27/2015 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
The answer to your last question about developing blood sugar problems in less than a year, the answer is "Yes". And with other factors contributing to it that we talked about before (weight, family, food, lack of exercise), you have a higher risk.

I am retired now so I don't have to deal with work but I was diagnosed while I was still working and I had to be very organized as far as food goes, breakfast at home, lunch at school, dinner at home. Unfortunately, the easiest food to eat is probably the worst for us (or anybody, really). Bagels are very dense carbs and worse than, say, an English muffin or a slice of wheat bread. Beans and rice are high carb, although black beans are very nutritious so if you don't eat a lot of them at one time, you could get by with them and a decent piece of chicken.

Prepared food, restaurant food, food from mixes and boxes (and probably cafeteria food) are not the best choices for anyone who's having issues with blood sugar. Salads with all sorts of vegetables and protein are great; lettuce wraps with a slice of cheese and some meat are also very good. If you could make several of these up the night before you go to work, wrap them in plastic wrap, you could eat one or two for lunch, and snacks. Other snacks could be mixed nuts, string cheese (those mozzarella sticks that come in a plastic wrapping), olives, celery and peanut butter, celery and cream cheese). You could eat all that all day long and you'd be better off than eating a bagel, cereal, regular sandwiches, etc.

You can find different kinds of plastic bags in the supermarket to put snacks like nuts in. Unsalted are better. If the unsalted are too bland for you, buy a can of unsalted and lightly salted and mix them together and then fill up some little snack bags. There are some good plastic lunchware available, too: sets that could hold snacks, salad dressing, a whole salad, etc.

I understand about your job as my son is also in computers and sometimes works long hours. If there is any way for you to get up at least once an hour and walk around for a few minutes, you'd be better off.

Being tied to the computer is tough. At least if you're watching TV, you can get up and walk in place, do some sort of exercise.

It will take an effort on your part to make any changes but I think you realize that some changes are needed - otherwise, you wouldn't have posted here! If you have the will to do something for yourself, we will give you all the support you need, honest!

So, please read through the references I gave you so you're familiar with how blood sugar works. You may have lots of questions and I'll try to answer them or find other sources.

:-)
Lanie

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greyfox
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   Posted 10/27/2015 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information. I ordered a glucose reader from Amazon. I'm going to monitor it for a few days once I get it. If everything is normal I'll feel better about it, but if I get any unusual readings I'll go to my doctor before my annual checkup.

The weird thing too is my feet burn more at rest / sitting. If I'm out walking my dog or something I don't notice it. I know there are several potential causes, blood sugar being one of them. Guess best strategy is to check to be safe.
Trying to live a normal productive life with GERD and Anxiety.

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/27/2015 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again. That's a really good approach! Remember that if your doctor prescribes a meter for you then the test strips are covered by insurance. The test strips are more expensive than the meter. Walmart sells its own brand of meter called ReliOn and there are several models.

I still am puzzled by the burning sensation in the feet that comes and goes but I'm glad you are out walking your dog. (What kind of dog?)

Testing will tell you what effect the food you're eating has on your blood sugar. It was a wake-up call to me, a shock, actually, of how some food drove my blood sugar so high.

Anyway, I'm glad you've taken that step. That's great!
yeah
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

greyfox
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   Posted 10/27/2015 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information on here, its been a big help. I figure for now I want to get something so I can test myself and get to know, rather than wait until my annual checkup since blood sugar is nothing to mess around with.

My dog is a Shiba Inu / Siberian Husky mix.

Yea it is definitely strange. As an example I walked the dog when I got home, got on the treadmill for 45 minutes and now they feel normal, maybe little on cold side. I've even wonder if it is just something as simple as athlete's foot because I wear sandals and walk barefoot all the time, and my dog sometimes licks my feet while I sleep. Maybe I pinched a nerve or something from sitting too much recently, or anxiety. I guess it could be a number of things but hopefully should have an idea once I can test myself at home. At least I don't seem to be having any of the other classic symptoms I've seen listed.

If anything even if it just turns out to be a scare its still a wake up call for me to get back in shape and eat healthier.

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/27/2015 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
greyfox, I wish that I'd had my own wake-up call when I was your age but that's the past. If there's just one thing I've learned, it's that I'm the only person who controls my health. I'm the one who chooses what I eat or whether I take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. No one else.

Taking control over your health, learning what to eat and that any kind of exercise will give you the will to do more is something no one can take away from you once you get started. So, read all these resources and you'll get to know what works and what doesn't.

Walking your dog is great for both of you. You might add distance every other day and get a good work out, too.

yeah
Lanie

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metformin
very low carb way of eating

greyfox
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   Posted 10/28/2015 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I just took my blood sugar two and half hours after eating dinner, it came in at 104. Is that normal? I'll be taking it again tomorrow morning. If everything is normal then maybe its something else, but still a wake up call.
Trying to live a normal productive life with GERD and Anxiety.

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/29/2015 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
104 is very good! To know the impact of the food we eat, we test before we eat and then one hour after and then two hours after. As I'd written before, a non-diabetic's blood sugar is always in the 80's - that is, it goes down to the 80's after it rises to the low 100's or 90's after eating.

Do you remember what you ate?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

greyfox
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   Posted 10/29/2015 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea I had an 11oz steak with green beans and mushrooms with unsweet tea to drink.

Okay well my blood sugar test this morning....first was 98, which i thought was very odd it only changed 6 mg/dL over 8 hours, so immediately took it again, this time from my thumb, and it was 79. My understanding from my research is 80 is a good number for fasting glucose.

It looks like diabetes is probably not causing my burning / tingling in feet but regardless this has been an alert / wake up call to change my diet and focus on eating healthier. Special thanks to LanieG for all the information, it has been very helpful.

(As a side note I did have some anxiety about taking the test, which I guess can affect levels too from what I read)

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/29/2015 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Your dinner was fine. Of course, eating steak every night is not what a doctor would recommend because of cholesterol and other matters that have been in the news, but it has nothing to do with blood sugar. The vegetables are great (as long as you're not eating heaps of the green beans at one time, which you probably weren't.) For example, eating three cups of green beans for a meal might sound healthy but in fact it would be an overload or carbs for someone who does not metabolize carbs efficiently like me (and maybe you).

A fasting under 100 is what a doctor's office is looking for under all the guidelines today. It's not unusual to have different readings taken within minutes of each other because meters' readings are allowed to vary to around 10% (or 20, I can't remember!). I've never taken my blood sugar from my thumb. I don't know why but I just haven't. :-) I take it from any of the other fingers on each hand, the pads of the fingers. Others may use different areas.

My blood sugar went down 6 points overnight and it was 92 this morning. I had a big salad with lots of different things in it (cleaned the refrigerator out) with some chopped up chicken breast on top. for dinner. All this is about average for me, some higher numbers and some lower numbers.

From your descriptions of the feet burning, I don't think it's related to diabetes either - but, again, I'm not a doctor. Could it be athlete's foot? In any case, you should bring this up at your annual physical.

Wake-up calls come at any age but you're lucky to be so young and aware of possibilities. It's important to know as much as you can about your health and realize you can take control.

I hope you're able to get up during your work day just to walk around the office, take a flight of stairs and come down, anything to get your circulation moving. This helps a lot of things: blood sugar, heart, circulation (and related nerve endings), blood pressure and mood.

Don't get anxious over this if you're prone to anxiety. Just make this part of your life that you know that you can control and you'll be good.

Have a great day! And keep us updated!

yeah
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Jairus
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   Posted 11/4/2015 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Will many of my family members have diabetes. As stated type 2 diabetes is controllable with watching your health and diet. The burning of your feet can be from a lack of Vitamin B which helps with circulation. Also Reflexology is a very helpful practice. Reflexology is the massaging of the feet which is good since there is 1,000's of nerves in your feet. As a massage therapist i would say it is beneficial it helps parts of your body and circulation.

Hope this helps
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