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Nerve disease (neuropathy) is a possible complication of diabetes, and it may result into problems and complications in many parts of the body. A report suggests "that Persons with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but significant clinical neuropathy can develop within the first 10 years after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. The risk of developing neuropathy increases the longer a person has diabetes. About 60 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy."[1]


Some of the major symptoms of nerve disease relate to complications and unusual feelings in the feet and hands. Some of them are[2]:

  • Tingling in the feet; "pins and needles" like feelings in the feet; feelings of burning in the feet;
  • Feet or/ and hands get very cold or very hot feelings;
  • Feet feels dead or completely numb;

Diabetes related nerve disease may arise on account of combination of factors, and its exact reasons are not know. Two factors, continuous high blood glucose level and inherited factors, are believed to be the major causes.


There are two major types of nerve disease related to diabetes:

  • Diffuse peripheral neuropathy
  • Diffuse autonomic neuropathy
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