Diabetic Neuropathy: Overview

Diabetic Neuropathy is nerve damage or nerve inflammation (neuropathy) from diabetes. The high blood sugars in diabetes damage nerve cells leading to their malfunction and to nerve cell damage. Diabetic neuropathy may damage many different nerve systems, with types such as Peripheral Neuropathy, Autonomic Neuropathy, Digestive System Neuropathy (e.g. Diabetic Gastroparesis, Diabetic Diarrhea), Sexual Neuropathy (e.g. Erectile Dysfunction), and other types of neuropathy. A common type is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, usually affecting the feet/toes or hands/fingers; this has the classic symptom of tingling toes, although any sensory symptoms such as tingling, burning or numbness may occur (i.e. Paresthesias). Neuropathy from diabetes is worse when blood sugars are high, and proper diabetic control can reduce or resolve some symptoms. Nevertheless, long-term permanent damage to nerves does often occur. Read more about: Neuropathy, Diabetes, Tingling, Paresthesias.

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