Health Tip: Why Do Some Diabetics Have Nerve Damage?

(HealthDay News) -- Neuropathy, or damage to the nerves, is a common complication among people with diabetes.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse says here are possible causes of diabetic neuropathy:

  • Having been diabetic for a long time, having high blood sugar, abnormal levels of fats in the blood, or low insulin levels.
  • Having damaged blood vessels that provide oxygen and nutrients to the nerves.
  • Having nerve inflammation.
  • Having genes that increase a person's risk for nerve disease.
  • Having a history of alcohol use or smoking.

-- Diana Kohnle

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