Type 2 diabetes is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
The condition can lead to a loss of feeling in the extremities, including the hands or feet.
When diabetes patients go for a long walk, it’s crucial that they check their feet afterwards, warned charity Diabetes UK.
Seeing as diabetics could lose some feeling in their feet, it may be more difficult to spot foot injuries.
Untreated foot injuries could lead to ulcers or infections, added the NHS.
Worst case scenario, these could cause gangrene – where the body tissue dies, and has to be amputated.
More than 135 amputations resulting from diabetes are carried out in the UK every week.
“While walking is considered a safe physical activity for people of all ages and fitness levels, it’s especially important for people with diabetes to take some precautions before they start pounding the pavements,” said Diabetes UK.
“Everyone with diabetes needs to check their feet daily for any changes. Doing this after a walk is really important, in case of potential damage like blisters and cuts.
“Anyone who has existing foot problems should speak to their diabetes team before taking up serious walking.