Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage associated with diabetes. It results in damage to the nerves in a person’s feet, legs, and eyes, and to the nerves that control bodily functions, such as digestion, blood pressure, and heart rate. Diabetic neuropathy can lead to serious complications, including ulcers, infection, and limb loss.
Nerves of the Foot
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Researchers believe that diabetic neuropathy is likely caused by a combination of factors, including:
- Metabolic problems (eg, high blood glucose)
- Damage to blood vessels
- Autoimmune factors
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Kim Carmichael, MD
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