Diabetes can lead to several complications. People with diabetes are at risk of developing complications such as:
Diabetic nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy occurs in people with diabetes. The nerve damage is caused by high blood sugar levels. Any type of nerve fiber in the body can be injured in diabetes, but diabetic neuropathy mostly damages the peripheral nerves of the legs and feet.
Diabetic nerve damage is a common but preventable complication of diabetes. It can be prevented or at least the onset can be delayed with good control of blood sugar and a healthy lifestyle.
Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy
The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary with the type and site of affected nerve. Hence the symptom of diabetic neuropathy can be pain and numbness in the legs or problems with the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels or heart. The symptoms can be mild or severe and disabling. Peripheral neuropathy or problems in peripheral nerve is commonest type of diabetic neuropathy.
Symptoms of diabetic nerve damage may include
If are a diabetic consult your doctor if;
These symptoms do not really indicate diabetic neuropathy but the symptoms suggest that you should get medical care to prevent them from turning into more-severe problems.
Treatment for diabetic neuropathy
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