Thot et al, have produced a study of potential importance on the ultrasound evaluation of peripheral nerves in patients with diabetes. They found that the nerves are enlarged in patients with diabetes Type 2, even before the onset of clinical symptoms, while this is less the case in patients with diabetes type 1. This may allow a new monitoring technique for Diabetes type 2 patients, allowing therapeutic intervention before patients have (irreversible) symptoms like tingling or numbness in the feet. Peripheral nerve insult is frequent in this disease; monitoring with ultrasound may reduce or prevent these complications.
Please read also the excellent editorial of Prof Pelosi!