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How is blood glucose related to diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

The primary cause of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage related to diabetes, is exposure to high blood glucose for an extended period of time. Elevated blood glucose weakens the blood vessels and damages nerve fibers. If you do develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy, you can prevent further nerve damage by keeping your blood glucose within your target range as much as possible. This will also help alleviate the symptoms of this condition.

Chronically elevated blood sugar levels correlate with increased risk of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy and subsequent worsening. 

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