Diabetic Neuropathy Information
Over time, people with diabetes can develop nerve damage throughout the body. Also known as diabetic neuropathy, this group of nerve disorders often leads to numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Other common symptoms include:
- Wasting of the muscles of the feet or hands
- Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation.
An estimated 50 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy.
Treatment first involves bringing blood glucose levels within the normal range -- this may help prevent or delay the onset of further problems. Depending on the type of neuropathy, your treatment may also involve certain medications. Your risk of foot problems and amputation goes up significantly if you are a smoker. Quitting is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your risk.
(For more information, including specific causes, click Diabetic Neuropathy.)