A long day on your feet could cause some swelling, as can a bug bite or a salty dinner. But swelling isn’t always minor. Sometimes it can indicate a more serious condition.
Swelling is a natural response that shows your immune system is working. That’s why the area surrounding a bump or bite grows. But it can also be edema, which is swelling caused by a build-up of fluid.
When certain areas of the body swell up, it could indicate edema caused by diabetes. Unexplained swelling in the ankles, feet, or hands typically suggests blood isn’t moving well and circulation has been compromised.
Diabetes is a condition that causes your body to produce insufficient amounts of insulin, which is a hormone produced in the pancreas to help the body absorb sugar.
Without enough insulin, sugar can accumulate in the bloodstream where it can lead to problems. One of the problems is that it can damage blood vessels and lead to poor circulation.
If you’re regularly experiencing swelling in your ankles, hands, or feet, book an appointment with your doctor to have your blood sugar tested.
As mentioned, not all swelling is cause for concern.
But if it is, it’s recommended to do something about it. If you are diagnosed with high blood sugar or diabetes, they will help you develop a treatment plan to combat the conditions.
But that does not mean there are not things you can do on your own.
Staying well hydrated during the day, getting some more activity, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, while limiting processed foods, can all help control diabetes and reduce blood sugar.
You can also look to control swelling by elevating affected body parts, wearing support stockings, losing weight, moving hourly, bathing in Epsom salts, and trying to get more potassium and magnesium.