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Diabetic Neuropathy

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Diabetic neuropathy is an injury to the nervous system caused by underlying diabetes mellitus.

What is going on in the body?

Diabetes mellitus, often called diabetes, is a condition that affects the body's ability to regulate the level of glucose in the blood. Glucose is the main form of sugar in the body. It is suspected that high blood glucose levels are neurotoxic. This is another way of saying that they have a poisonous effect on the nerves. If blood glucose levels are elevated significantly for a period of time, the nerves can be permanently damaged.

What are the causes and risks of the disease?

Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of high blood glucose in people who have diabetes.


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Diabetic Neuropathy: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Michael Curiel, MD
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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