Peripheral Neuropathy is nerve damage that can cause numbness, loss of sensation, and often times pain in your extremities. The nerve damage is caused by chronic high blood sugar, which is common in those with diabetes. Since 60-70% of diabetics will experience some form of peripheral neuropathy, it is very important that they not only keep their blood sugar as close to normal as possible, but that they also inspect their hands and especially feet for wounds, infections, or sores. If any of these wounds go unnoticed, it could become life threatening.
The best way to control peripheral neuropathy is consistent normal blood sugar levels and a healthy lifestyle. If it starts to get out of hand, see your doctor!
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