Overview of Diabetic Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a serious consequence of diabetes. The best way to prevent diabetic nerve pain is to maintain control of your blood glucose levels. Research shows that tight blood glucose control decreases the risk of diabetic nerve damage by as much as 60 percent. Once you have neuropathy, however, tight glucose control will do little to cure your symptoms.

About 60–70 percent of people with diabetes develop neuropathy, although they may not notice any symptoms at first. Diabetes can cause three types of nerve damage: peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, and focal neuropathy.

Here are some helpful links for additional information about neuropathy:

Publication Review By: Written by: Christopher D. Saudek, M.D.; Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.

Published: 21 Apr 2009

Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015