Diabetic Neuropathy: Risk Factors
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.
Nerves of the Foot
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Diabetic neuropathy is likely caused by a combination of factors, including:
- Metabolic problems such as high blood glucose
- Damage to blood vessels
- Autoimmune factors
Last reviewedAugust 2014by Kim Carmichael, MD
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