Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Diabetic Neuropathy?

Dianna Quan, MD; Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD

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November 10, 2016

Neuropathies are the most common complication of diabetes mellitus (DM), affecting up to 50% of patients with type 1 and type 2 DM. In type 1 DM, distal polyneuropathy typically becomes symptomatic after many years of chronic prolonged hyperglycemia. Conversely, patients with type 2 DM may present with distal polyneuropathy after only a few years of known poor glycemic control; sometimes these patients already have neuropathy at the time of diagnosis. Neuropathies severely decrease patients' quality of life. Furthermore, while the primary symptoms of neuropathy can be highly unpleasant, the secondary complications (eg, falls, foot ulcers, cardiac arrhythmias, and ileus) are even more serious and can lead to fractures, amputations, and even death in patients with DM. How much do you know about this condition? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.

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