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.
More than 13% of people with type 2 diabetes suffer from coronary heart disease and 4% suffer from stroke. 6% of people with type 2 diabetes suffer from nephropathy and almost 22% suffer from micro-albuminuria, which may lead to nephropathy. Up to 29% of people with type 2 diabetes suffer from neuropathy. Up to 33,5% of people with type 2 diabetes suffer from retinopathy, which may lead to blindness
Instead diabetes is tackled in a broader context through, the ‘2nd national nutrition and health programme’ (2006-2010),the ‘plan to improve the quality of life of chronic disease patients’ (2007-2011), including a patient guidance and education programme focusing on diabetes.