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Can diabetic peripheral neuropathy be prevented?

If you are diabetic, you are at risk for peripheral neuropathy. But there are many things you can do to prevent this disease. Since diabetes is the underlying cause for this condition, managing your diabetes is one of the best ways to prevent peripheral neuropathy. This includes managing your blood glucose on a consistent basis, exercising several times a week, and maintaining a healthy diet. Some other factors lead to nerve damage, such as smoking, vitamin B12 deficiency, and too much alcohol. Try to avoid these problems as much as possible, and you will significantly reduce your risk of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

All patients with diabetes are prone to developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy.  Studies have shown aggressive, long term blood sugar control (fasting blood glucose 70-110 and HBA1C < 6.5 %) may prevent the onset of diabetic neuropathy.  A diet low in carbohydrates and fats and regular exercise may also help prevent it.

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