Neuropathy can be caused by several factors. According to researchers, about 30% of all neuropathies are caused by unknown causes. Another 30% are caused by diabetes, in a condition called Diabetic Neuropathy. Other causes are nutritional imbalance, infections, toxins, genetic disposition, tumours, metabolic disorders, medications and autoimmune conditions.
Some common factors that can increase your risk of getting nerve damage are:
People with diabetes are at a high risk of developing neuropathy as a result of high blood sugar.
Risk of nerve damage rises with age.
- Alcohol consumption, smoking.
- Imbalance diet such as vegetarian diet which may cause vitamin B deficiencies, especially B1, B6 and B12 which are important in maintaining nerve health.
- Pressure on the nerve
- Prolonged sitting
- Wearing high heals
- Repetitive activity such as typing, cooking, etc.
- Trauma such as motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries.
- Viral or bacterial infections
- Other diseases such as kidney disease, liver disease, connective tissue disorder and autoimmune disorders.