Do you know how diabetes may impact on nerve health?
Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. About half of people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy, a disease that affects the nerves, and very often without symptoms in the beginning.
of diabetics are at risk of developing
diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Polydefkis M et al. Brain 2004; 127:1606-1615.
of diabetics develop diabetic
Huizinga MM et al. Clinical Diabetes 2007; 1:6-15.
of diabetic patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy
do not experience any symptom
Miranda-Massari J.R. et al. Curr Clin Pharmacol. 2011; 6(4): 260-273.
Additional factors to keep in mind if you have diabetes:
For some people, symptoms are mild, for others, diabetic neuropathy can be painful and disabling. As the nerve damage increases, the loss of sensation in the feet can reduce a person’s ability to detect temperature or to feel pain. People with diabetic neuropathy are more likely to develop foot problems such as skin lesions and ulcers.
Diabetes influences the metabolism of neurotropic vitamins B1, B6, and B12 leading to a greater risk of their deficiency. As these vitamins are essential for nerve health, their deficiency should be avoided and trying to keep their level in the normal range is of vital importance.
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