Causes of Diabetic neuropathy
List of causes of Diabetic neuropathy
Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions
(see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Diabetic neuropathy)
that could possibly cause Diabetic neuropathy includes:
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Diabetic neuropathy: Related Medical Conditions
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Diabetic neuropathy as a complication of other conditions:
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Diabetic neuropathy as a complication may,
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What causes Diabetic neuropathy?
Causes: Diabetic neuropathy:
Diabetic sugar levels damage the nerves.
Article excerpts about the
causes of Diabetic neuropathy:
Scientists do not know what causes diabetic
neuropathy, but several factors are likely to contribute to the disorder.
High blood glucose, a condition associated with diabetes, causes chemical
changes in nerves. These changes impair the nerves' ability to transmit
signals. High blood glucose also damages blood vessels that carry oxygen
and nutrients to the nerves. In addition, inherited factors probably
unrelated to diabetes may make some people more susceptible to nerve
disease than others.
How high blood glucose leads to nerve damage is a subject of intense
research. The precise mechanism is not known. Researchers have discovered
that high glucose levels affect many metabolic pathways in the nerves,
leading to an accumulation of a sugar called sorbitol and depletion of a
substance called myoinositol. However, studies in humans have not shown
convincingly that these changes are the mechanism that causes nerve
More recently, researchers have focused on the effects of excessive
glucose metabolism on the amount of nitric oxide in nerves. Nitric oxide
dilates blood vessels. In a person with diabetes, low levels of nitric
oxide may lead to constriction of blood vessels supplying the nerve,
contributing to nerve damage. Another promising area of research centers
on the effect of high glucose attaching to proteins, altering the
structure and function of the proteins and affecting vascular function.
Scientists are studying how these changes occur, how they are
connected, how they cause nerve damage, and how to prevent and treat
(Source: excerpt from Diabetic Neuropathy The Nerve Damage of Diabetes: NIDDK)
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