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Diabetic Neuropathy

Types of Diabetic Neuropathy

 
  • Peripheral
  • Autonomic
  • Proximal
  • Focal.
     
Each type affects different parts of the body in different ways.
 
Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy causes either pain or loss of feeling in the:
 
  • Toes
  • Feet
  • Legs
  • Hands
  • Arms.
     
Autonomic Neuropathy
Autonomic neuropathy causes changes in:
 
  • Digestion
  • Bowel and bladder function
  • Sexual response
  • Perspiration.
     
It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
 
Proximal Neuropathy
Proximal neuropathy causes pain in the:
 
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Buttocks.
     
This form of neuropathy also leads to weakness in the legs.
 
Focal Neuropathy
Focal neuropathy results in the sudden weakness of one nerve, or a group of nerves, causing muscle weakness or pain. Any nerve in the body may be affected.
 
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