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8 Facts on Diabetic Neuropathy

Content provided by: Better Medicine from Healthgrades

1. Nerve damage is common in diabetes.

About half of people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy. With time, the nerves become injured by high blood glucose levels. The excess glucose damages the walls of the small blood vessels that nourish nerves and injures the delicate coating that surrounds nerves.

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Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD

Last Annual Review Date: 2010-01-16

How Much Do You Know About Neuropathy?

Diabetic nerve damage can often go unnoticed.

Reference: Diabetes section on Better Medicine


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Neuropathy is most commonly seen in people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years.