Q. Is it possible to get nerve related problems due to high lipids and blood glucose levels?

Answered by Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
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Hi doctor,

I have developed symptoms of nerve dysfunction (burning, tingling, etc.) but all the nerve related tests were normal. Over the past 9 to 12 months, my diet was poor, I am about 70 pounds overweight, age 40, and have high LDL. My blood glucose last year was 86, then it went up to 97 by the fall, and then up to 106 this year. I went on a diet and lost 20 lbs so far, but the test this week was at 101 after a 12-hour fast.

My question is this: Can a blood glucose around 100 to 105 and high lipids for numerous months cause any nerve related symptoms?

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Is it possible to get nerve related problems due to high lipids and blood glucose levels?
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Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Diabetology General Practitioner


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have seen the details given. The glucose levels mentioned are normal. Only 106 mg shows a pre-diabetic fasting level. These levels are unlikely to affect the nerve function. From your information, I get a feeling that you do not have diabetes. Is that right? In that case the nerve related issue is not due to glucose levels at all.

It may be related to your obesity. With a BMI of 37.07 kg/sq meter (normal < 25 kg/sq meter) you are already in grade 2 obesity. Your ideal body weight should be 77 kg (169.4 pounds). Which means there is an excess of over 81 pounds. That could be the culprit. Plus it can be the cause for precipitating diabetes in the coming years.

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