Higher polyneuropathy rates seen in newly diagnosed diabetes

03/7/2012 | Endocrine Today

Levels of diabetic polyneuropathies were elevated among patients with newly diagnosed diabetes but not in people with impaired glycemia, researchers report in Diabetes Care. Data on more than 500 study participants revealed the level of diabetic polyneuropathy was 7.8% in patients with newly diagnosed diabetes, compared with only 2% in healthy participants and 1.7% in those with impaired glycemia. Some 9.4% of patients with new-onset diabetes suffered from retinopathy, while only 4.7% of people with impaired glycemia and 3.4% of healthy people had the condition. The frequency of diabetic nephropathy was also significantly higher in those with new-onset diabetes than in the other groups.

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