Diabetes and Your Nervous System

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


Talk to your health care provider about any numbness, tingling, or pain you may have.

Ways to help protect yourself against nerve damage

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.

Do these steps to keep your body working well:


If you have diabetes, you can take action to help prevent or delay nerve damage.

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