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Diabetologia. 1986 Mar;29(3):156-61.

Progression of subclinical polyneuropathy in young patients with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes: associations with glycaemic control and microangiopathy (microvascular complications).


The progression of subclinical polyneuropathy over 2.5 years has been studied in a representative group of 75 young patients with Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes (initial age 16-19 years). The relationships between changes in nerve function, glycaemic control and concurrently developing microvascular complications (retinopathy, microproteinuria) were investigated. Deterioration of motor, sensory and autonomic nerve function, retinopathy and microproteinuria was related to poor glycaemic control. In addition, there was an association between developing neural and microvascular complications which was not diminished when their common relationship to hyperglycaemia was taken into account. These findings suggest that, although poor glycaemic control is an essential permissive factor in the early development of diabetic polyneuropathy, other influences, shared with microvascular complications, must also be important.

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