Diabetic Neuropathy FAQs
Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
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Q:What is diabetic peripheral neuropathy?
A:Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is the medical term for nerve damage that is caused by diabetes.
Q:How are nerves damaged from diabetes?
A:With diabetes, nerves suffer from lack of oxygen.
Q:Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is avoidable. True or False?
Q:Why is diabetes troublesome for the feet?
A:Diabetes can be troublesome for the feet because it can cause numbness in the feet, and can deprive the feet of nutrients and oxygen, which increases the risk for infections and ulcers from injuries.
Q:For people with diabetes, what is the best way to care for the feet?
A:It is important for people with diabetes to make healthy lifestyle choices no matter what, but this is especially true when it comes to caring for the feet.
Q:What is a serious consequence of untreated peripheral neuropathy?
A:Amputation is a serious consequence of untreated neuropathy.
Q:Often seen with diabetes, what other diseases of automatically functioning nerves?
A:Other diseases of automatically functioning nerves are called autonomic neuropathy and visceral neuropathy.
Q:Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be cured. True or False?
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