Diabetic Neuropathy & Its Symptoms

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Filed Under: Diabetes Complications, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/15/2014

Diabetic Neuropathy & Its Symptoms

Neuropathy is damage to the nerves and nerve function. Diabetic neuropathy is an insidious, progressive condition related in large part to the impaired circulation that most people with diabetes experience, and diabetic neuropathy symptoms can be debilitating.

What Causes Diabetic Neuropathy?

Impaired circulation brought on by diabetes causes inadequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the nerve tissues, especially in the legs, arms, hands and feet. As a result, the nerves in these areas can become so damaged that you gradually lose the ability to feel pain, temperature and touch.

Other factors, such as inflammation, glycation (the reaction of proteins with excess glucose), and the accumulation of a type of sugar called sorbitol also damage nerve cells and contribute to diabetic neuropathy symptoms.

What Are the Diabetic Neuropathy Symptoms?

  • Loss of sensation in the feet or hands
  • Weakness or a lack of muscle control and coordination

Why Should I Worry About Diabetic Neuropathy?

The consequences of diabetic neuropathy symptoms can be quite serious. Some of the additional health problems the condition may lead to are:

Fortunately, there are safe natural therapies to alleviate diabetic neuropathy symptoms.

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