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How can diabetes affect the nerves?

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Over time, high blood sugar levels can harm your nerves. As many as 70% of people with diabetes get this type of damage.

Peripheral diabetic neuropathy can cause pain and burning or a loss of feeling in your feet. It usually starts with your toes. It can also affect your hands and other body parts.

Autonomic neuropathy stems from damage to the nerves that control your internal organs. Symptoms include sexual problems, digestive issues (a condition called gastroparesis), trouble sensing when your bladder is full, dizziness and fainting, or not knowing when your blood sugar is low.

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program. 

UpToDate: “Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy” and "Lower extremity amputation."

NIH: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 06, 2019

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program. 

UpToDate: “Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy” and "Lower extremity amputation."

NIH: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 06, 2019

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