Diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, is damage to the nerves that allow you to feel sensations such as pain. Diabetic neuropathies also appear to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, as well as those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure and those who are overweight. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
The areas of the body most commonly affected by diabetic peripheral neuropathy are the feet and legs. Nerve damage in the feet can result in a loss of foot sensation, increasing your risk of foot problems. Injuries and sores on the feet may go unrecognized due to lack of sensation. Rarely, other areas of the body such as the arms, abdomen, and back may be affected so patients should be careful to practice proper skin and foot care.