Numbness in different parts of the body in people with diabetes may be due to a wide range of causes. If onset is acute and the numbness is confined to one side of the body then TIA or evolving stroke are the likely causes. If the onset is gradual, the symptom has been present for a long time and is associated with pain or unpleasant alterations of sensation then there is a likely neuropathic aetiology. If bilateral and symmetrical then peripheral neuropathy is the likely cause. If unilateral and/or asymmetrical then a diabetic mono-neuropathy is the likely cause. 

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