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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.
New hope for warding off diabetes nerve loss

New hope for warding off diabetes nerve loss

Molecular motors in cells work together in close coordination

Molecular motors in cells work together in close coordination

Cultured cells from the bone marrow can heal nerves in diabetes model

Cultured cells from the bone marrow can heal nerves in diabetes model

Leconotide, an investigative calcium channel blocker, shows potential as pain treatment

Leconotide, an investigative calcium channel blocker, shows potential as pain treatment

XTL Biopharmaceuticals announces results from Bicifadine in diabetic neuropathic pain trial

XTL Biopharmaceuticals announces results from Bicifadine in diabetic neuropathic pain trial

Diabetes and foot problems

Diabetes and foot problems

UT Southwestern launches study of surgical option for treating diabetic and other neuropathies

UT Southwestern launches study of surgical option for treating diabetic and other neuropathies

Diabetic neuropathy costs $3.65 billion per year in health-related lost productive time

Diabetic neuropathy costs $3.65 billion per year in health-related lost productive time

Green light for first drug to treat fibromyalgia

Green light for first drug to treat fibromyalgia

U.S. FDA approves Lyrica (pregabalin), the first drug to treat fibromyalgia

U.S. FDA approves Lyrica (pregabalin), the first drug to treat fibromyalgia

Sangamo BioSciences starts phase 2 trial of therapy diabetic neuropathy

Sangamo BioSciences starts phase 2 trial of therapy diabetic neuropathy

Single master gene crucial for nerve cell insulation

Single master gene crucial for nerve cell insulation

Potentially ground-breaking treatment for nerve damage caused by diabetes

Potentially ground-breaking treatment for nerve damage caused by diabetes

Novel research points to promising relief target for chronic pain

Novel research points to promising relief target for chronic pain

Potential new treatment for diabetic nerve damage

Potential new treatment for diabetic nerve damage

Malfunctioning bone marrow cells cause neuropathy in many people with diabetes

Malfunctioning bone marrow cells cause neuropathy in many people with diabetes

Potential new treatment for nerve damage caused by diabetes

Potential new treatment for nerve damage caused by diabetes

"Ipod-like" device to help correct balance disorders

"Ipod-like" device to help correct balance disorders

Venom of marine cone snails may provide an improved treatment for neuropathic pain associated with diabetes

Venom of marine cone snails may provide an improved treatment for neuropathic pain associated with diabetes

Survey finds most people with diabetes don't know about highly prevalent, serious complication

Survey finds most people with diabetes don't know about highly prevalent, serious complication