Over time, high blood sugar levels can harm the tiny blood vessels that nourish nerves. Tight blood glucose control, on the other hand, can reduce the risk of diabetic nerve damage and prevent it from worsening if it occurs. Ask your doctor what your target hemoglobin A1C reading should be, and get advice on keeping it within a healthy range.
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