Glucose Control Helps Diabetic Neuropathy
If glucose levels are aggressively controlled, neuropathy can be reduced in Type 1 diabetics, according to new research.
Type 1 diabetics who underwent aggressive treatment saw a 2 percent reduction in neuropathy, a nerve disorder that causes a tingling sensation in the feet, legs and fingers. Type 2 diabetes got a very small reduction, of .058 percent.
"Overall, the evidence indicates that more aggressive treatments of sugar levels delay the onset of neuropathy in both types of diabetes," wrote co-author Brian C. Callaghan, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
But aggressive glucose control has a down side, too. Callaghan said that aggressive treatment could lead to excessively low glucose levels and even brain injury
About 1 in 10 patients have neuropathy at the time they’re diagnosed with diabetes, while about 40 percent to 50 percent get it after diagnosis.