How is diabetic neuropathy prevented?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Dianna Quan, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Answer

The following steps may help to prevent or slow the worsening of diabetic neuropathy [45] :

  • Control diabetes; try to keep blood sugar at a normal level

  • Maintain normal blood pressure

  • Exercise regularly, according to the healthcare provider's recommendation

  • Stop smoking

  • Limit the amount of alcohol intake because excessive alcohol also can cause neuropathy or make it worse

  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Keep follow-up appointments with the healthcare provider


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