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My uncle has type 2 diabetes and has managed it well with diet and exercise. However, the neuropathy in his legs has gotten worse. His falls are more frequent and also more frightening. Suggestions?

Your uncle should see his doctor for a thorough evaluation. He might need to see a neurologist. You mention that he has managed his diabetes well with diet and exercise. Diabetes is a progressive disease, and most people eventually need medications to keep the glucose down. The HgbA1C needs to be less than 6.5 percent for most people with diabetes, especially to lessen the chances of developing problems such as neuropathy.

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