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Type 2 Diabetes and Your Nervous System

Type 2 Diabetes Is a Leading Cause of Nerve Damage
Type 2 Diabetes Is a Leading Cause of Nerve Damage

Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of nerve damage. Nerve damage is also called neuropathy. It can cause tingling, pain, or numbness in your feet and hands.

Nerve damage can also cause problems in other parts of your body.

You might have nerve damage if you:
  • Have numbness, tingling or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, or fingers
  • Often feel like you have a full stomach or throw up a lot
  • Have trouble going to the bathroom
  • Feel dizzy or weak
  • Sweat more or less than usual
  • Lose the desire or ability to have sex
  • Talk To Your Doctor
    Tip: Talk to Your Doctor

    Talk to your doctor about any numbness, tingling, or pain you may have.

Ways to help protect yourself against nerve damage

As someone with type 2 diabetes, you can do many things to help lower your chance of getting nerve damage. If you already have nerve damage, you can help stop it from getting worse.

Take these steps to help keep your body working well:
  • Talk to your doctor who can diagnose nerve damage based on your symptoms and physical exam
    • Discuss any problems, including numbness, tingling, pain, problems with digestion, trouble going to the bathroom, or problems having sex
  • Keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control
  • Have healthy habits
    • If you are overweight, lose weight with diet and exercise
    • Stop smoking
    • Limit your alcohol use