Can Diabetic Neuropathy Be Reversed

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Diabetic Neuropathy

Patient professional reference Professional Reference articles are written by UK doctors and are based on research evidence, UK and European Guidelines. They are designed for health professionals to use. You may find the Pre-diabetes (Impaired Glucose Tolerance) article more useful, or one of our other health articles. See separate Diabetic Foot article. Diabetes may cause polyneuropathy, mononeuropathy, amyotrophy and autonomic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Neuropathy plays a major role in the development of foot ulcers, which cause an enormous effect on quality of life for the patient (especially if amputation becomes necessary) and is also responsible for a very large health and social services expenditure. Optimal control of all metabolic factors and regular organised surveillance of all people with diabetes are essential to reduce the risk of both development and progression of diabetic neuropathy and therefore reduce the risk of disability for the patient. Motor, sensory and autonomic fibres may all be affected by diabetic neuropathy. Epidemiology Neuropathies related to diabetes can affect 60-70% of peop Continue reading >>

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  1. Grazer

    Hi, a friend of mine was diagnosed type 2 a few months back. He has a tingling in his toes, but no blackening or outwards signs of neuropathy. He now has very well managed BGs, but on diagnosis he was high with an HbA1c of 11.2 so it could be he had early neuropathy at that stage. The question is, now he's down to very good levels, if it WAS early neuropathy, is it likely to fix itself?
    Anyone have experience/knowledge of this?

  2. lovinglife

    I had tingling in my feet befor diagnosis - I too had a HbA1c in the 11's a month after diagnosis - I no longer have any tingling and all my yearly tests are good - so yes I think slight damage can be reversed.
    On the DESMOND course the leader said if the damage is slight and only on the very ends of the nerves they can repair themselves - if the damage goes deeper though she said probably not
    I think like me your friend has been lucky

  3. Grazer

    Thanks for that lovinglife, I'll pass it on.

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