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Can diabetes cause peripheral nerve disorders?

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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
7 doctors agree

In brief: YES!

Yes! diabetes can be a very seriously disease - especially if not monitored closely and treated aggressively.
High sugars often lead to nerve damage in the arms/legs that result in symptoms known as peripheral neuropathy that results in a stocking/glove like sensation of numbness and sometimes even what is referred to as neuropathic pain. Other disorders can also cause peripheral neuropathy.

In brief: YES!

Yes! diabetes can be a very seriously disease - especially if not monitored closely and treated aggressively.
High sugars often lead to nerve damage in the arms/legs that result in symptoms known as peripheral neuropathy that results in a stocking/glove like sensation of numbness and sometimes even what is referred to as neuropathic pain. Other disorders can also cause peripheral neuropathy.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
No, you should not. At least not for that reason. You can be tested for B12 deficiency and the treatment for that is very easy - just supplements by mouth or injection.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Diabetes very commonly causes a peripheral nerve disorder called peripheral neuropathy in which their is a pins-and-needles sensation in the legs and arms in a glove-and-stocking distribution.
Control of diabetes reduces this risk and reduces the severity if neuropathy has already become apparent. If you have diabetes, your doctor should do a quick 1-2 minute check for neuropathy at every visit.

In brief: Yes

Diabetes very commonly causes a peripheral nerve disorder called peripheral neuropathy in which their is a pins-and-needles sensation in the legs and arms in a glove-and-stocking distribution.
Control of diabetes reduces this risk and reduces the severity if neuropathy has already become apparent. If you have diabetes, your doctor should do a quick 1-2 minute check for neuropathy at every visit.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Diabetes

Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy.
Numbness is a glove or stocking pattern is typical. Sometimes an isolated nerve dysfunction with pain can occur, known as mononeuropathy multiplex.

In brief: Diabetes

Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy.
Numbness is a glove or stocking pattern is typical. Sometimes an isolated nerve dysfunction with pain can occur, known as mononeuropathy multiplex.
Dr. Ken Yonemura
Dr. Ken Yonemura
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Diabetes can cause small blood vessel damage which can result in peripheral (usually lower extremity) nerve damage or neuropathy.
Managing diabetes and possibly considering medication for neuropathy pain are options for help.

In brief: Yes

Diabetes can cause small blood vessel damage which can result in peripheral (usually lower extremity) nerve damage or neuropathy.
Managing diabetes and possibly considering medication for neuropathy pain are options for help.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Dr. Jason Campbell
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