Mayo Clinic Proceedings - Central Obesity Is Associated With Neuropathy in the Severely Obese

Central Obesity is Associated With Neuropathy in the Severely Obese

Dr. Callaghan featured by Mayo Clinic Proceedings


The goal of this study was to confirm if obesity without high blood sugar is associated with neuropathy, or nerve damage. Furthermore, the aim was to understand the importance of obesity distribution as a neuropathy risk factor by using nine measurements of the patient's body to assess their independent associations with neuropathy.


Obese patients with normal blood sugar levels have a high prevalence of neuropathy indicating that obesity alone may be sufficient to cause neuropathy. Waist circumference, but not general obesity, is significantly associated with neuropathy.