Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibres throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet. Diabetic neuropathy is a common serious complication of diabetes. Yet you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with tight blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.
Good control of diabetes over time is the key to treating diabetic neuropathy. There is no cure for neuropathy, but keeping your blood sugar within a target range can reduce symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. To help control your diabetes, eat food that is good for you and exercise. Controlling diabetes means maintaining blood sugar levels (A1c) within the target range. This will do more than anything else to help prevent diabetic neuropathy from getting worse.
In 2000, there were 4.6 million patients with diabetes in Brasil, making it the country with the eighth highest diabetes prevalence rate in the world. In Brasil’s 11 largest cities, between 5.7% and 16.2% of the population has diabetes, with the highest prevalence rate in São Paulo. By 2030, the total number of cases is projected to reach 11.3 million, which will make Brasil the country with the sixth largest population of diabetes patients
The National Reorganization Plan for the Care of Diabetes and Hypertension obtained information from more than 13,000 health professionals throughout Brasil who were trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.