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Neuropathy in detail

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Diabetic neuropathy?

Have you had a neuropathy diagnosis

and want to speak to an expert on treatment advice? Call today and make an appointment. 312.335.3939

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Chicago Peripheral Nerve Center
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
Laboure Outpatient Clinic
2913 North Commonwealth Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
 

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Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet.

Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in your extremities to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. For some people, these symptoms are mild; for others, diabetic neuropathy can be painful and disabling.

Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes. Yet it can often be prevented by blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.

Prolonged exposure to high blood sugar (glucose) can damage delicate nerve fibers, causing diabetic neuropathy. Why this happens isn't completely clear, but a combination of factors is likely to play a role, including the complex interaction between nerves and blood vessels. High blood glucose interferes with the ability of the nerves to transmit signals. It also weakens the walls of the small blood vessels (capillaries) that supply the nerves with oxygen and nutrients.

Anyone who has diabetes can develop neuropathy, but these factors make you more susceptible to nerve damage:

  1. Poor blood sugar control

  2. Length of time you have diabetes

  3. Kidney disease

  4. Smoking


If you are diabetic and you are experiencing neuropathy symptoms call and make an appointment today. 888.299.8405

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