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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. About half of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage. Risk of developing neuropathy increases the longer you have diabetes. 

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

Treatment is determined for each individual based on:

  • Age
  • Symptoms and health history
  • Severity of illness and prognosis
  • Tolerance of medications, procedures, or various therapies
  • Patient input and preference