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Is diabetic peripheral neuropathy serious?

Some people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy experience a loss of sensation in the feet. If this happens to you, check your feet daily for any calluses, blisters, or sores, and treat them immediately to avoid infection. If left untreated, these infections can cause serious complications and eventually require amputation. Doctors estimate that half of all amputations of the lower extremities related to diabetes can be prevented. Keeping your blood glucose under control will significantly reduce your risk of further complications related to diabetes.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy usually starts as numbness in the feet, and may be one of the first symptoms of underlying diabetes. The condition can be potentially very serious if not treated. In more advanced stages it can result in a loss of sensation to the feet, which in turn leads to skin ulcerations and infections. This potentially can lead to loss of function in the legs. However, if treated early and appropriately the underlying blood sugar can be controlled and the diabetic neuropathy progression can be slowed down.

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