Diabetes and Nerve Damage
This three-page handout educates people about nerve damage associated with diabetes. It explains that persons with diabetes have blood glucose (blood sugar) levels that are too high, and over time this can cause diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage. It explains that the two most common types of nerve damage occurring with diabetes are peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy. It recommends that people keep their diabetes well controlled, have their doctor do a foot exam every year, and practice daily foot care to check for any open skin, sores, or red spots. The document lists signs of nerve damage, and discusses treatment to keep kidney disease from getting worse, as well as ways people can manage and care for their diabetes.
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