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.
2, 9 million Spanish adults have diabetes, i.e., 8,7% of the total population. An additional 2, 5 million citizens (7,5% of the population) suffer from impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes). This situation will deteriorate in the future, with an estimated 3,8 million adult citizens with diabetes in 2030. 20.550 Spanish citizens die from diabetes every year. This is more than 2 citizens every hour. The risk of dying from diabetes is 3 times higher in the south of Spain as compared to the north. Type 2 diabetes, accounting for 80-90% of all diabetes in Spain, decreases life expectancy by 5-10 years
Due to the decentralized healthcare system each of the 17 autonomous regions has individual healthcare budgets and political structures. In the vast majority of these 17 communities, diabetes is a health priority. Since 2006, Spain has a National Diabetes Strategy, targeting children, pregnant women, and elderly and including a section on screening, prevention, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. All 17 communities adapt the National Diabetes Strategy to its local needs. About two-thirds of the communities have a Diabetes Advisory Council to provide info to the regional healthcare authorities which take decisions on diabetes. All people with a chronic disease and retired people have free access to medicines