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Question : Is diabetic neuropathy reversible? I’ve had symptoms for less than a year.
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Howard LeWine, M.D.

Mary Pickett, M.D. is an Associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University where she is a primary care doctor for adults. She supervises and educates residents in the field of Internal Medicine, for outpatient and hospital care. She is a Lecturer for Harvard Medical School and a Senior Medical Editor for Harvard Health Publications.

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Diabetic neuropathy comes from poorly-functioning nerves. It can be caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetes.

When neuropathy is in its early stages, nerves can recover and symptoms can improve. But you need healthy blood sugar levels. To do this, always take your medicines. And go for routine doctor visits so your dose can be adjusted when needed.

If diabetic neuropathy has been causing symptoms for years, it is likely that you have permanent nerve damage. In its early stages, neuropathy can cause pain and tingling in the feet. As neuropathy becomes more advanced, the pain goes away and is replaced by numbness.

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