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What Do You Know About Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a term that refers to temporary or permanent damage to the peripheral nerves – the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This damage is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Find out more about peripheral neuropathy by taking this quiz.

1. Neuropathy leads to numbness and sometimes pain and weakness in the limbs.
2. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the risk for neuropathy.
3. Researchers believe that diabetic nerve damage is caused by a combination of factors, including high blood sugar and high blood pressure.
4. Some people with neuropathy have no symptoms.
5. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are often worse at midday.
6. One of the dangers of autonomic neuropathy – a type of peripheral neuropathy – is that a person no longer has warning signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
7. Proximal neuropathy causes severe headaches.
8. Focal neuropathy, another type of peripheral nerve damage caused by diabetes, usually occurs suddenly.
9. Treatment for neuropathy focuses on surgery.