Kelli A. Sullivan and her team at the University of Michigan Medical School studied 427 diabetic patients suffering from neuropathy. They analyzed the patients' blood for certain measures such as blood sugar and triglycerides. They found that the higher the person's triglycerides were, the greater the likelihood that he or she would develop neuropathy over the next year. This relationship was not true for blood sugar, the researchers found.
Of the 23 million people in the country affected by diabetes, about 60% also develop neuropathy.