Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes in which nerves are damaged as a result of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).
Symptoms often develop slowly over several years and depend on which nerves are affected.
People with diabetes can have problems digesting food, which can make your illness more difficult to control. Symptoms digestion problems include:
Tingling or burning in the arms and legs may be an early sign of nerve damage.
Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in your arms and legs. Because of this you can:
Damage to the nerves in your heart and blood vessels can lead to:
Other symptoms of nerve damage are:
People with diabetes commonly develop temporary or permanent damage to nerve tissue. Nerve injuries are caused by decreased blood flow and highblood sugar levels, and are more likely to develop if the levels of blood sugar is not well controlled.
Some people with diabetes do not develop nerve damage, while others may develop this initial condition. On average, symptoms begin 10 to 20 years after diagnosis of diabetes. Approximately 40% of people with diabetes will eventually develop nerve damage.
Peripheral nerve injury can affect the nerves in the skull (cranial nerves) or nerves of the spine and its ramifications. This type of nerve damage (neuropathy) tends to develop in stages.
Autonomic neuropathies affect the nerves that regulate vital functions, including the heart muscle and smooth muscles.
To keep your feet healthy in case of diabetes, you should:
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