Diabetic Neuropathy

Overview

Diabetic neuropathy is the process of nerve damage that occurs over a period of years if you have poorly controlled diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet. 

About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are often worse at night, and may include:

  • Numbness or decreased ability to feel pain or temperature changes
  • Burning and tingling sensations
  • Loss of reflexes, especially in the ankle
  • Poor balance and uncoordinated gait
  • Serious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, deformities, and bone and joint pain.

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