Drops in blood pressure
Another complication of diabetic neuropathy is dropped blood pressure levels. This might happen especially when you change position (from sitting to standing).
Problems in blood pressure regulation occur because the nerves that control circulation are damaged.
Loss of a foot or leg
One of the most commonly affected areas of nerve damage is the foot.
Due to neuropathy, the patient may not realize that they have already sustained minor injuries or cuts to their skin. Left untreated, these minor injuries may affect the deeper tissues and bones, causing infection and tissue death that warrants amputation.
Being unaware of hypoglycemia
Another dangerous complication of diabetic neuropathy is being unaware of low blood sugar levels.
You see, when there’s damage to the autonomic nervous system, the patient may have difficulty detecting some of the warning signs of hypoglycemia, which include:
- Fast heart rate
Of course, this list of diabetic neuropathy complications is not exhaustive. Case in point: it may also cause chronic pain.
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