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Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage due to diabetes. Over time, high blood glucose (blood sugar) can damage the tiny blood vessels that supply your nerves, especially in the legs.  People living with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time.  Risk of getting neuropathy increases the longer you have diabetes. About half of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage.

Common symptoms of diabetic neuropathy

  • Numbness in the hands or feet, often on both sides
  • Pain in the hands, feet, or legs
  • Foot problems including calluses, dry skin and skin breaks, claw toes, and collapse of the ankles
  • Digestive issues such as indigestion, diarrhea or constipation
  • Dizziness, especially when first standing up
  • Bladder infections, erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Visual changes, including the inability to see or drive in the dark

Treatment plan

Your care team will figure out the best treatment for you based on:

  • How old you are
  • Your overall health and past health
  • How sick you are
  • How well you can handle specific medicines, procedures, or therapies
  • How long the condition is expected to last
  • Your opinion or preference
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