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.
319.800 Finnish adults have diabetes, i.e., 8,3% of the total population.An additional 339.200 citizens (8,8% of the population) suffer from impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes).This situation will deteriorate in the future, with an estimated 358.400 adult citizens with diabetes in 2030.Finland is rated among the top 10 countries globally when looking at type 1 diabetes incidence rates.At least a third, and possibly up to half, of the Finnish population have a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes.
It is the first country in the world to have introduced a comprehensive diabetes programme. Its effectiveness reflects continuous monitoring, evaluation, and revision in line with national developments. The plan has set out several objectives and recommendations which are regularly monitored. So far, progress has been made for all objectives and recommendations