Health Tip: Numbness in Diabetics

It may be a symptom of nerve damage

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(HealthDay News) -- Diabetic neuropathies are nerve disorders caused by diabetes. The conditions lead to numbness and sometimes pain and weakness, commonly in the hands, arms, feet, and legs.

The U.S. National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse says the longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk of developing a form of neuropathy.

Doctors can use a number of tests to diagnose diabetic neuropathies, including a comprehensive foot exam, a nerve conduction study, or a nerve or skin biopsy.

The best way to prevent this form of nerve damage is to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible with a healthy diet, exercise, and medication, the agency says.

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