Smoking and neuropathy

Because smoking narrows your arteries and blood vessels, it can restrict blood flow to your arms and legs, and cause nerve damage. Smoking is a major risk factor for both the development and progression of nerve damage in your legs and feet. This is called “diabetic neuropathy,” and it results in a number of symptoms, including:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sharp pains or cramps
  • Serious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, deformities, and bone and joint pain
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