Nerve Pain

The Facts on Diabetic Neuropathy

Dr. Bill Quick Apr 12, 2013 (updated Jan 10, 2014)
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Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness-loss of feeling-in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Nerve problems can occur in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart, and sex organs.

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Diabetes is a main cause of neuropathy in the feet and legs
Diabetes is a main cause of neuropathy in the feet and legs
Diabetes tends to damage nerves in the feet and legs and, less often, the hands and arms.Source: Diabetic Nerve Pain: Are You at Risk? by Dr. Bill Quick 
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Not all neuropathy is painful
Not all neuropathy is painful
Damaged nerves can cause nonpainful symptoms or painful symptoms.Source: Diabetic Nerve Pain: Are You at Risk? by Dr. Bill Quick
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Medications can't "cure" nerve damage
Medications can
Although medications won't undo or stop nerve damage, they can help manage diabetic nerve pain.Source: Diabetic Nerve Pain: Are You at Risk? by Dr. Bill Quick
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Diabetic nerve pain isn't caused by one type of diabetes
Diabetic nerve pain isn
Diabetic nerve pain can affect people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.Source: Diabetic Nerve Pain: Are You at Risk? by Dr. Bill Quick
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The cause of diabetic nerve pain isn't well known
The cause of diabetic nerve pain isn
While we know chronically high blood sugars play a part in diabetic neuropathy, we do not yet know what exactly causes this often painful nerve damage.Source: Diabetic Nerve Pain: Are You at Risk? by Dr. Bill Quick
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Diabetic neuropathy affects older people
Diabetic neuropathy affects older people
About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Source: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes. (2009, Feb.) 
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Diabetes isn't always the cause of nerve pain
Diabetes isn
Vitamin deficiencies and alcoholism are other causes of nerve pain.Source: Diabetic Nerve Pain: Are You at Risk? by Dr. Bill Quick