8 Health Conditions that Affect Balance

Even though balance erodes quite naturally and gradually with age, several health conditions can set your equilibrium off kilter if they affect another bodily system that helps maintain proper stability.

Here are eight common and surprising conditions that can mess with your sense of balance…

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1. Diabetes

Uncontrolled diabetes can wreck havoc on just about every organ in the body—causing vision problems, improper functioning kidneys, nerve damage, oral issues, and troubles with balance. Instability typically results from a combination of loss of sensation, or nerve damage, and inadequate blood flow to the bottoms of the feet. Sadly, unmanaged diabetes will cause serious blood vessel and/or nerve damage, which can ultimately lead to severe foot problems and amputation.

 

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