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Can diabetes cause nerve damage (neuropathy)?

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It doesn’t happen overnight, but diabetes can cause nerve damage, especially if your blood sugar is out of control. You may have pain, tingling, or no feeling in your feet, legs, and hands. Or you might not have any symptoms.

What helps: It’s important to get your blood sugar under control. If you have pain, tell your doctor. And be sure to clean your feet daily and check them for any problems, in case you don’t have feeling in them.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Neuropathy.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.”

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy: “Alcohol,” “Chemo-Induced PN,” “Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency,” “Idiopathic Neuropathy.”

Fiona Gupta, MD, neurologist, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Neuropathy.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.”

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy: “Alcohol,” “Chemo-Induced PN,” “Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency,” “Idiopathic Neuropathy.”

Fiona Gupta, MD, neurologist, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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