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.
180.300 Irish adults have diabetes, i.e., 5,7% of the total population. An additional 61.300 citizens (1,9% of the population) suffer from impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes). This situation will deteriorate in the future, with an estimated 257.700 adult citizens with diabetes in 2030. 1.197 Irish citizens die from diabetes every year.1 This is more than 3 citizens every day. Type 2 diabetes, accounting for 80-90% of all diabetes in Ireland, decreases life expectancy by 5-10 years
Recommendations include a register of all diabetes patients, creation of multidisciplinary care teams and diabetes networks, improved prevention, and screening. A diabetic retinopathy screening programme has been developed since 2008, In Sept 2010, a new national campaign was launched to influence and mobilise Irish health policy which does not deal with diabetes in a strategic manner.