February 10, 2020

Dr. Feldman's Expertise in Diabetic Nerve Pain Featured in U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Feldman points out that at least 50% of diabetics suffer from nerve pain and explains what lifestyle changes can be made to limit nerve damage.

U.S. News & World Report

Michael O. Schroeder, U.S. News & World Report
10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Nerve Pain

Is diabetes or prediabetes the cause of my nerve pain?

The leading cause of nerve pain today – and specifically chronic peripheral neuropathy – is diabetes. High blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage, undermining the nerves’ ability to send signals and function properly.

“At least half of individuals with diabetes have neuropathy,” says Feldman. Those who have high blood sugar that isn’t yet full-blown diabetes, but instead the precursor prediabetes, also have an elevated risk. “About 30% of people with prediabetes have neuropathy,” Feldman notes.

Today, more than 30 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and about 84 million have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, being obese raises a person’s risk for nerve pain and diabetes.

Dr. Eva Feldman headshot 2020

Eva Feldman, MD, PhD

Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology
Director, NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies
Director, ALS Center of Excellence