The Relationship of Neuropathy & Diabetes

Arkansas is ranked 4th among the nation in adult diabetes rates. This is somewhat of an alarming statistic. There are different forms of diabetes but type 2 diabetes is the one I would like to highlight. One complication that can be associated with type 2 diabetes is neuropathy.


Neuropathy is broadly defined as a general disease or malfunction of the nerves. There are multiple forms of neuropathy however the area of interest that I would like to bring to attention is peripheral neuropathy associated with our diabetic population. It is most common in people who “have had diabetes for decades and is generally more severe in those who have had difficulty controlling their diabetes, those who are overweight, have elevated blood lipids, and high blood pressure” (Emedhealth).

Helpful Tips from our Physical Therapist

Working as a physical therapist in Arkansas, there are many areas of concern that need to be addressed with diabetic patients to help them live a happy and healthy life. Listed below are some helpful tips to keep patients on the right track:

  1. Make healthy food choices! Here are some resources that can help
  2. Exercise regularly! Guideline recommendation: 150 minutes a week spread over at least 3 days.
  3. Perform daily skin checks, especially in neuropathic patients who might have decreased sensation in their feet.
  4. Monitor your blood sugar regularly
Info courtesy of  Arkansas State of Obesity & our wonderful Physical Therapist, Jessica Beggs, DPT