When Diabetes Leads to Nerve Damage

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-10-10 09:33:10 -0500
Started 2012-10-10 09:33:10 -0500

By Everyday Health: http://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/nerve-...

Tingling, numbness, pain in the arms, legs, hands, or feet — these are all common signs of diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage. Up to 70 percent of people with diabetes will develop some type of neuropathy, making it one of the most common side effects of this disease.

Diabetes: Understanding Neuropathy

Although tingling, numbness, or pain in the extremities are common signs of neuropathy, others may experience no symptoms at all. Nerve damage can also occur in internal organs, such as the heart or digestive tract. Diabetes-related neuropathy can affect muscle strength, sensation in various parts of the body, and even sexual function.

People who develop diabetic neuropathy are typically those who have trouble controlling their blood glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight. Although researchers haven't quite figured out exactly why this happens, they know that neuropathy can occur due to:

Alcohol use and smoking
Genetic predisposition
Injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Nerves that become inflamed related to autoimmune conditions
Neurovascular issues that damage the blood vessels responsible for bringing nutrients and oxygen to your nerves

Your risk also increases the older you get and the longer you have diabetes,
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