Peripheral neuropathy may be more common in patients with pre-diabetes than previously thought, and early interventions may be warranted in this patient population, according to researchers from the University of Utah.
Currently, 86 million adults — more than one in three U.S. adults — have prediabetes, according to CDC estimates. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15% to 30% of these people will develop full-blown type 2 diabetes within 5 years.1
“We know now a lot more than we did 3 or 5 years ago about neuropathic pain in patients with prediabetes. Neuropathy affects patients with prediabetes in a continuum,” said J. Rob Singleton, MD, who is a professor of neurology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. “We think it is more obesity and dysfunction of lipids (fats) that is causing the problem.”
Excessive weight and obesity are known to be the leading cause of a variety of issues, including diabetes. An individual with diabetes may experience complications associated with the disorder, such as neuropathy. Pre-diabetes caused by excess weight and obesity can also present symptoms of nerve damage. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.