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What's the best way to prevent nerve damage in your feet when you have diabetes?

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The two main things that determine whether you get diabetic neuropathy are how many years you've had diabetes and how well you control your blood sugar. Controlling your blood pressure and blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) and not smoking are also important.

Managing your glucose levels well with diet, exercise, and if needed, medications can not only help prevent diabetic peripheral neuropathy, but they can also help ease its effects.

Dace L. Trence, MD, endocrinologist, director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle. 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy," "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Nervous System Healthy," "Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes." 

American Diabetes Association: "Strict Blood Glucose Control Helps Prevent Nerve Damage in People with Diabetes."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 11, 2019

Dace L. Trence, MD, endocrinologist, director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle. 

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy," "Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Nervous System Healthy," "Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes." 

American Diabetes Association: "Strict Blood Glucose Control Helps Prevent Nerve Damage in People with Diabetes."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 11, 2019

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