Paresthesia: 8 Possible Reasons for Experiencing Chronic Numbness

2. Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia, otherwise known as high blood sugar, is another common cause of paresthesia. If experienced for a prolonged period of time, hyperglycemia can cause damage to the peripheral nerves.

This nerve damage then leads to a condition called diabetic neuropathy, which can cause mild symptoms such as ‘pins and needles’ tingling or, more seriously, permanent numbness or paralysis. According to the American Diabetes Association, “about half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage.”


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