The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary, depending on the individual and the nerves and parts of the body that are affected. Numbness or injuries that result because the person cannot feel pain are common signs of this condition.
Causes and Risk Factors
The exact cause is not known, but blood sugar level seems to have the greatest effect. The higher the blood sugar level, the greater the risk for developing neuropathy. Nerve damage also increases the longer a person has diabetes. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption may also increase the risk.