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Diabetic neuropathy prevention is vital for people with diabetes. Some diabetic neuropathy prevention methods include keeping blood glucose close to normal, limiting alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking. Other aspects of diabetic neuropathy prevention for people with diabetes include taking care of their feet and communicating with their doctors.

Diabetic Neuropathy Prevention: An Overview

Diabetic neuropathy is the medical term for damage to the nervous system from diabetes. Research has shown that people who keep their blood glucose levels close to normal are able to lower their risk of diabetic neuropathy.

Suggestions for Diabetic Neuropathy Prevention

Ideas to help prevent diabetic neuropathy include:
  • Keep your blood glucose as close to normal as you can
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Don't smoke
  • Take care of your feet (see Diabetic Foot Care)
  • Tell your doctor about any problems you have with your hands, arms, feet, and legs or your stomach, bowels, or bladder.


Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have problems when you have sex
  • Cannot always tell when your blood glucose is too low
  • Feel dizzy when you go from lying down to sitting or standing.
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