Diabetic Neuropathy

(Nerve Damage of Diabetes)

Definition

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage associated with diabetes. It results in damage to the nerves in a person’s feet, legs, and eyes, and to the nerves that control bodily functions, such as digestion, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Nerves of the Foot
si55550740 97870 1 nerves foot
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Causes

Diabetic neuropathy is likely caused by a combination of factors, including:
  • Metabolic problems such as high blood glucose
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Autoimmune factors
  • Genetics

Risk Factors

This condition is more common in older adults. Factors that may increase your risk of diabetic neuropathy include:

Symptoms

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy may include:
  • Numbness , tingling, or pain in the extremities
  • Weakness in arms and or legs
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Urination problems
  • Impotence or vaginal dryness
  • Weakness of facial muscles resulting in drooping eyelid, drooping mouth, facial droop, difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle cramps
  • A prolonged feeling of fullness after eating, and/or abdominal pain
  • Decreased ability to sweat normally
If you have diabetic neuropathy, you are at increased risk for developing other types of neuropathies, such as carpal tunnel syndrome . Diabetic neuropathy can lead to serious complications, including ulcers , infection, and limb loss.

leave comments
0
Did you like this? Share with your family and friends.
Related Topics:
Current Research From Top Journals


Early Peanut Consumption Associated with Lower Risk of Peanut Allergy in High Risk Children
March 2015

Many medical groups felt that early exposure to certain foods like peanuts increased a child's risk of developing food allergies. However, newer research including this trial suggest that early exposure may actually decrease the risk of developing food allergies.

dot separator
previous editions

Breastfeeding May Decrease the Risk of Childhood Obesity
February 2015

Tonsillectomy May Reduce Number of Sore Throat Days in Children
February 2015

Research Review Finds Little Support for Nearly Half of Medical Talk Show Recommendations
January 2015

dashed separator

Advertisement

Our Free Newsletter
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters »

 

Advertisement

Advertisement

DiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnoratiFacebook