Prevalence and Incidence of Diabetic neuropathy


About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Diabetic neuropathy usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Diabetic neuropathy at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Diabetic neuropathy refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Diabetic neuropathy diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevelance of Diabetic neuropathy discussion: About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage (which often includes impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion of food in the stomach, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other nerve problems). 1

Prevelance statistics about Diabetic neuropathy: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Diabetic neuropathy:

  • 60-70% of diabetics have some nervous system damage in the US 2001 (National Diabetes Statistics fact sheet, NIDDK, 2003)

1. excerpt from Diabetes Statistics in the United States: NIDDK

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