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Definition

Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes, in which nerves are damaged as a result of high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia).

Symptoms

Digestive tract:

Legs and arms:

  • Deep pain, most commonly in the feet and legs
  • Loss of the sense of warm or cold
  • Muscle cramps
  • Numbness (if the nerves are severely damaged, you may be unaware that a blister or minor wound has become infected)
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the extremities, particularly the feet
  • Weakness

Other symptoms:

Note: Symptoms vary depending on the nerves affected, and may include symptoms other than those listed. Symptoms usually develop gradually over years.

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