If you have had diabetes for a number of years, you may start to notice numbness or tingling in your lower legs or feet. What is neuropathy and what does it have to do with diabetes?Neuropathy is a long-term complication of diabetes. Over many years, glucose can damage the blood vessels and nerves in the feet, lower legs and hands. Numbness and tingling, sensitivity to touch or muscle weakness may develop.
Diabetes is a progressive disease. Sometimes a person can keep great control over blood glucose levels, but neuropathy will still develop. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher the risk of developing neuropathy.
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