Nerve damage (neuropathy)

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage which can affect nerves in many parts of your body

If left untreated, nerve damage could cause problems like ulcers. It’s also a contributing factor in the development of impotence and can lead to problems with your gut, heart rate and blood pressure.

Spotting nerve damage early

Common early symptoms of nerve damage include numbness, tingling or sharp pains in the feet or lower legs. If you spot any of these signs, contact your doctor immediately.

Your doctor or healthcare team should also check your feet at least once a year to see if there are any changes to your nerves.

Reducing the risk of nerve damage

To reduce the risk of nerve damage, you should manage your type 1 diabetes as well as possible, with regular blood testing and adjustments to ensure you’re within the optimal blood glucose range.