Diabetic Nerve Pain Overview

Diabetic nerve pain is a condition that occurs as a complication in up to 50% of patients with diabetes. Nerve fibers are delicate and prolonged exposure to high blood sugar (glucose) can damage them. The result is diabetic neuropathy, also known as diabetic nerve damage.

Symptoms of diabetic nerve damage include pain and numbness (especially in the legs and feet) which may be mild, or severe and disabling.

It’s important to note that four in every ten patients do not get treatment for diabetic nerve pain, even though there are many treatment options available. Maintaining tight blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle may prevent, delay, or slow the progress of diabetic nerve pain.

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