Understanding neuropathy and your diabetes.
If you have diabetes, this should be on your radar. Neuropathy (new-ROP-uh-thee) is a diabetes complication that causes nerve damage throughout your body. And if left untreated, has the potential to lead to infection and/or amputation of the affected area.
About half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage. It is more common in those who have had diabetes for many years and can lead to various health problems down the line, impacting your quality of life.
But don’t panic—neuropathy is not inevitable! Keeping your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels on target is your best line of defense against neuropathy. You can also manage neuropathy through a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine that fits your lifestyle.
Steps to prevent or delay diabetic neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy can cause tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in your feet and hands.
Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves in your body that control your body systems.