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Diabetic neuropathy is a peripheral nerve disorder caused by diabetes or poor blood sugar control. The most common types of diabetic neuropathy result in problems with sensation in the feet. It can develop slowly after many years of diabetes or may occur early in the disease. The symptoms are numbness, pain, or tingling in the feet or lower legs. The pain can be intense and require treatment to relieve the discomfort. The loss of sensation in the feet may also increase the possibility that foot injuries will go unnoticed and develop into ulcers or lesions that become infected. In some cases, diabetic neuropathy can be associated with difficulty walking and some weakness in the foot muscles. There are other types of diabetic-related neuropathies that affect specific parts of the body. For example, diabetic amyotrophy causes pain, weakness and wasting of the thigh muscles, or cranial nerve infarcts that may result in double vision, a drooping eyelid, or dizziness. Diabetes can also affect the autonomic nerves that control blood pressure, the digestive tract, bladder function, and sexual organs. Problems with the autonomic nerves may cause lightheadedness, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, difficulty with bladder control, and impotence.
Study discovers origin of neurofibromas that develop throughout the skin of NF1 patients

Study discovers origin of neurofibromas that develop throughout the skin of NF1 patients

Virginia Tech and UC San Diego researchers team up to develop nonopioid drug for chronic pain

Virginia Tech and UC San Diego researchers team up to develop nonopioid drug for chronic pain

Physician-scientists treat first patient in the U.S. with focused ultrasound for neuropathic leg pain

Physician-scientists treat first patient in the U.S. with focused ultrasound for neuropathic leg pain

Weight loss drug reduces risk of diabetes in patients with pre-diabetes, finds study

Weight loss drug reduces risk of diabetes in patients with pre-diabetes, finds study

EC grants marketing authorization for ONPATTRO (patisiran) in Europe

EC grants marketing authorization for ONPATTRO (patisiran) in Europe

Foot specialist explains steps to be taken to mitigate foot-related issues

Foot specialist explains steps to be taken to mitigate foot-related issues

Alnylam’s patisiran receives positive opinion from CHMP for treating hATTR amyloidosis

Alnylam’s patisiran receives positive opinion from CHMP for treating hATTR amyloidosis

Non-opioid drug shows promise for treating pain by targeting receptors on immune cells

Non-opioid drug shows promise for treating pain by targeting receptors on immune cells

T1DM weakens autonomic reflex that regulates blood pressure during exercise, study finds

T1DM weakens autonomic reflex that regulates blood pressure during exercise, study finds

Antidepressants used for chronic pain relief come with significant side effects

Antidepressants used for chronic pain relief come with significant side effects

Modified skin biopsy could provide faster and better diagnosis of inherited, fatal nerve disease

Modified skin biopsy could provide faster and better diagnosis of inherited, fatal nerve disease

Study: Seal oil holds potential to help promote nerve regeneration in patients with Type 1 diabetes

Study: Seal oil holds potential to help promote nerve regeneration in patients with Type 1 diabetes

Study describes synthesis and biological evaluation of novel, effective ARIs

Study describes synthesis and biological evaluation of novel, effective ARIs

Research helps elucidate mechanisms behind low-level laser therapy in treating neuropathic pain

Research helps elucidate mechanisms behind low-level laser therapy in treating neuropathic pain

Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs can effectively treat diabetic nerve pain, research finds

Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs can effectively treat diabetic nerve pain, research finds

New position statement offers recommendations for physicians on prevention of diabetic neuropathy

New position statement offers recommendations for physicians on prevention of diabetic neuropathy

Person's ‘brain speed’ may matter more than other risk factors for geriatric falls

Person's ‘brain speed’ may matter more than other risk factors for geriatric falls

New dermatological treatment could potentially help prevent or reverse diabetic neuropathy

New dermatological treatment could potentially help prevent or reverse diabetic neuropathy

Alnylam reports new results from investigational RNAi therapeutic programs

Alnylam reports new results from investigational RNAi therapeutic programs

Photodynamic therapy effective in treating porphyrias but can be severely painful, cause inflammation

Photodynamic therapy effective in treating porphyrias but can be severely painful, cause inflammation