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What Do You Know About Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a term that refers to temporary or permanent damage to the peripheral nerves—the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This damage is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Find out more about peripheral neuropathy by taking this quiz.

1. Peripheral neuropathy can lead to numbness and sometimes pain and weakness in the arms and legs.
2. The longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk for neuropathy.
3. Researchers have linked diabetic nerve damage to a combination of factors. These include high blood pressure and high levels of fat in the blood.
4. Some people with peripheral neuropathy can have no symptoms.
5. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are often worse in the morning.
6. Treatment for neuropathy focuses on surgery.
Online Medical Reviewer: Fraser, Marianne, MSN, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/27/2016
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