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How do I watch out for diabetic neuropathy?

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If diabetic neuropathy is diagnosed and treated early, the chances of controlling symptoms and limiting the damage are better. Stay alert for signs and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.1,3 For example, a small sore that does not get better can become an ulcer—unattended foot ulcers can become gangrenous (where the tissue dies) and require surgery or foot amputation. This can be prevented through early detection and treatment.1

See a doctor if you have1,3:

  • A cut or sore on your foot that is not getting better, infected or worsening
  • Burning, tingling, weakness, loss of sensation or pain in your hands or feet
  • Loss of balance
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in digestion (eg, persistent diarrhoea or constipation), urination or sexual function

If you have type 2 diabetes, you should also have an assessment for neuropathy when you are first diagnosed with diabetes and annually thereafter.4