Peripheral neuropathy is a term used for nerve damage that is caused by long term high blood sugar and diabetes. Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, can lead to numbness, loss of sensation, and sometimes pain in your feet, legs, or hands. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common complication of diabetes. Sorbitol, which is a product that glucose can break down into, gets into the nerves of diabetics and causes the nerves to attract water. The nerve then swells-become larger and thicker, thus increasing the symptoms of neuropthy because of compression.
About 60% to 70% of all people with diabetes will eventually develop peripheral neuropathy. In this group of patients, not everyone will develop pain as a symptom, however. Studies have shown that people with diabetes can decrease their risk of developing nerve damage and thus neuropathy, by maintaining their blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible over a period of time.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important.
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