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10 Diabetes Long-Term Effects Seniors May Get

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4. Diabetic Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)

Diabetes can cause nerve damage in the long run, producing symptoms that include burning, numbness, or pain in your feet, legs, or hands. If your skin becomes numb, you may stop noticing small wounds that could turn into bigger health threats.

It’s important to check your hands and feet daily for calluses, cracks, skin breakdown, or redness. If you experience any of these symptoms before your next scheduled visit, call your doctor right away.

You should have your feet examined at least once a year to check for these long-term diabetes complications. Your healthcare provider will prick your feet with a small needle or tap on them using a tool similar to a nylon hairbrush bristle. If you don’t feel anything during the checkup, you may have nerve damage.

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