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What are the warning signs of nerve damage due to diabetes?

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Nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy) can affect your feet and legs. You may get symptoms like:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Burning
  • Cuts or sores that heal slowly
  • Erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness

From: Strategies to Control Your Diabetes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Statistics," "Medication," "Eye Complications," "Your Health Care Team."

University of Pennsylvania Health System: "Glossary of Key Terms."

Utah Department of Health: "Your A1C Number -- Planning for Tomorrow," "Is Your Diabetes Control on Target?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetes: Preventing Diabetic Complications."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 27, 2017

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Statistics," "Medication," "Eye Complications," "Your Health Care Team."

University of Pennsylvania Health System: "Glossary of Key Terms."

Utah Department of Health: "Your A1C Number -- Planning for Tomorrow," "Is Your Diabetes Control on Target?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetes: Preventing Diabetic Complications."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 27, 2017

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