What increases my risk for diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

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If you have diabetes, you are at risk for developing peripheral neuropathy. Your risks increase if you have had diabetes for 25 years or more, are a smoker, or have kidney disease. Because diabetic peripheral neuropathy is primarily caused by high blood glucose levels, you can greatly reduce your risk by keeping blood glucose levels in a target range. Some people develop peripheral neuropathy before they even know they have diabetes. If you are at risk for diabetes, talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested so that you can manage your blood glucose before complications develop.

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