Diabetic neuropathy



A type of nerve damage that can happen with diabetes.


There are various types of diabetic neuropathy. The most common type is called peripheral neuropathy. It affects the feet and legs first, followed by the hands and arms.


Peripheral neuropathy symptoms depend on what nerves are affected. The symptoms can include pain and numbness in the legs, feet and hands. Effects such as these can range from mild to disabling.


Peripheral neuropathy treatment aims to slow the disease from becoming worse. This involves keeping blood sugar within a healthy target range. Medicines may be prescribed to ease symptoms such as pain.