Metabolic neuropathies occur as the result of metabolic abnormalities. The most common metabolic disorder that often results in neuropathy is diabetes. Although diabetes is the most common cause, it is by no means the only metabolic disorder that can result in neuropathic symptoms.

Other neuropathies of this type include hypothyroidism, which occurs when your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. If hypothyroidism goes untreated, peripheral neuropathy can result.

Long standing kidney problems result in metabolic disturbances that can also lead to peripheral neuropathy. It is in fact, a very common complication of kidney failure and affects about 65% of dialysis patients. When the kidneys do not function properly, toxins such as urea and ammonium build up in the blood. This in turn, can lead to peripheral neuropathy, among other things.

Liver failure and low blood sugar are also potential metabolic causes of peripheral neuropathy.

Most often, problems with metabolism that occur with the above mentioned conditions, result in direct or indirect damage to the myelin of nerves.

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