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Neuropathy in U.S. Skyrocketing
Date:5/13/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 13, 2013

According to The Neuropathy Association, there are now 15-18 million Americans with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) due to the increasing prevalence of diabetes. 60-70% of the 25.8 million adults and children in the U.S. with diabetes have DPN.* The growing DPN statistic significantly raises the overall number of people with neuropathy in the U.S.

“In the past, we estimated that there were 20 million Americans with all forms of peripheral neuropathy,” notes Tina Tockarshewsky, president and CEO of The Neuropathy Association. “However, with DPN numbers alone now at nearly 20 million, it’s time to acknowledge the need for better data quantifying this epidemic. We are all gravely underestimating the millions of people struggling and suffering with neuropathies. It’s time to ‘do the math’ when counting neuropathy’s prevalence, and finally address it as the public health emergency it is.”

May 13-17 is the ninth annual Neuropathy Awareness Week, an event launched by The Neuropathy Association to promote greater attention to and prevention of this growing national epidemic. For 18 years, The Neuropathy Association has been an active national patient advocacy organization working to change perceptions about this progressive, chronic and often extremely painful neurological disease.

Peripheral neuropathy, or “peripheral nerve damage,” impacts well over 20 million Americans (at least 1 in 15), making it one of the most common chronic diseases and a leading cause of adult disability. Neuropathy disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, organs, and tissues. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain often beginning in the
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