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Can vitamin imbalances cause neuropathy?

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If you don’t get enough of certain vitamins, your nerves can become damaged and stop working properly.

Vitamin B12 is especially important for your nerves to work properly. Vitamins E, B1, B6, B9, folate, and niacin also play a role. A restricted or poor diet or health problems such as Crohn’s disease are some reasons you may not get enough vitamins.

What helps: If you’re on a diet, or if you have a condition that makes it hard for you to get the nutrients you need, ask your doctor for advice. She may refer you to a dietitian.

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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