Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of blood sugar, as a result of being overweight or obese, will cause nerve damage. Most commonly, this nerve damage begins to affect your hands and feet first and may progress to other parts of the body.
Symptoms can include loss of sensation, numbness, incoordination, abnormal pain sensations, and other abnormal sensations. When present in the feet, this can lead to Charcot’s joints, traumatic fractures of the bones of the feet and ankles that occur as a result of the person’s inability to feel the position of their feet.
This type of nerve damage can also occur anywhere else in the body. Other common nervous issues to be affected by chronic high blood sugar include chest pain, weakened thigh muscles, intestinal problems, decreased vision, heart beat irregularities, and urinary issues. (8C)
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