My husband was diagnosed about 4 years ago with type 1 diabetes and is insulin dependent. He is currently age 51.
He has had high blood pressure and high cholesterol for most of his adult life. Knowing this, he has been faithful to ride bike or run at least 6 days per week.
One of the symptoms that prompted him to go to the doctor before diabetes diagnosis was pain in his legs, which went away after he was on insulin.
I am concerned, now because in the past two to three weeks he has complained that his legs feel very weak and tired. He describes it as they do not move easily. He thinks this is due to extra use, however, the only thing different than usual exercise is kayaking, which takes upper body muscles.
Is there a relationship to leg pain or fatigue and diabetes or high blood pressure? Is this something I should encourage him to discuss with his doctor?
I am not a physician, but the mom of a type one diabetic and the daughter of a type 2.
As for the weakness in the legs, if your husband is on any cholesterol medication or blood pressure medicine, I would suggest you notify the doctor right away as this can be a serious side effect of both types of medications. I was on a cholesterol medication and had I had to stop taking me, because of the side effects. If left unchecked it could lead to serious complications.
If your husband blood sugars are not regulated, are too high or too low he can have fatigue as it takes a toll on the body. I know that when my daughter
Is your husband taking any cholesterol-lowering drug? Drugs in the statin class (e.g., Lipitor, Zocor, etc.) can cause muscle weakness as a side effect. If he is taking such a drug, it would be a very good idea for him to mention this problem to the doctor that prescribed the medication so that he can be switched to a product that works better for him. This particular side effect can be a sign that the medication is adversely affecting his liver function, so it is not something to ignore.
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