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.
629.900 Swiss adults have diabetes, i.e., 11,3% of the total population. An additional 339.200 citizens (6,1% of the population) suffer from impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes). This situation will deteriorate in the future, with an estimated 726.500 adult citizens with diabetes in 2030. 3.350 Swiss citizens die from diabetes every year.1 This is 9 citizens every day. Type 2 diabetes, accounting for 80-90% of all diabetes in Switzerland, decreases life expectancy by 5-10 years.
Screening for diabetes and prediabetes is cost-effective in all citizens aged over 40. Early intervention produces significant savings in healthcare costs in the long term. Effective treatment of diabetes significantly reduces diabetes complications, such as heart attack, stroke, and serious deterioration of vision. Effective treatment involves close monitoring and control of blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and lipids.