Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. Statistic shows that around 70% of diabetics experience some degree of nerve damage or neuropathy.
Over time, people with diabetes can have nerves damages throughout their body. Common symptoms may include:
- Numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands, arms, fingers, toes, feet, and legs.
- Wasting of the muscles in the feet or hands.
- The feeling of indigestion, nausea, or vomiting.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Dizziness or faintness due to a drop in blood pressure.
- Problem with urination
- Vaginal dryness in women and erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men.
- Weakness all round.
In addition to the above symptoms, neuropathy often will be accompanied by weight loss and depression. Problem can also occur in the organs, including the digestive tract, and heart. Diabetic can develop nerve problems at any time, but those who have had diabetes for a long time pose greater risks.