Know your risk. Approximately 50 to 70% of people with diabetes have neuropathy, even if they don’t yet have symptoms. Never ignore new aches or pains, and always discuss health-related changes with your doctor.
- Focus on preventionTo reduce your risk of developing neuropathy, keep your blood sugar levels in the target range. Smart lifestyle choices, such as getting regular physical activity, quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet will help you achieve this goal.
- Tackle treatmentEarly treatment can help prevent more serious problems. For example, treating a foot infection can prevent the need for serious medical interventions, such as amputation.
- Manage other health conditionsOther health issues, such as untreated high blood pressure, can worsen neuropathy or speed its development. Work with your health care team to manage other health conditions and diseases.
- Lose a little, win a lotFor overweight people with type 2 diabetes, losing just 5 to 10% of your body weight—that’s 10 to 20 pounds on a 200-pound person—will improve blood sugar control, and can lessen stress on aching legs and feet.
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