If you have diabetes and you have any of these symptoms:
- Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Deep pain, especially in your legs and feet
- Loss of sensation and ability to feel warmth or cold
- Muscle cramps
- Numbness, tingling or burning in your arms, hands, legs or feet
- Dizziness, especially when you try to stand up
- Drooping facial muscles
- Loss of bladder control
You could have diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy specific to patients who have diabetes. If left untreated, diabetic neuropathy can lead to serious and possibly permanent nerve damage.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek treatment with a medical professional with experience in diagnosing and treating diabetic neuropathy like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician.
Why Does Diabetes Cause Neuropathy?
If your blood glucose levels aren’t controlled and have been high for significant period of time, the blood vessels that carry oxygen to your nerves can be damaged. Elevated blood glucose can also damage the sheath that covers and protects the nerves. That leaves them vulnerable to damage. Diabetic neuropathy is just the medical term for the nerve damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels.
What Happens to Your Body Once Those Nerves Are Damaged?
Diabetic neuropathy happens when the nervous system is damaged.
If your peripheral nervous system is damaged you can experience
- Numbness in your arms, hands, legs and feet
- Inability to feel heat, cold or even pain in your arms, hands, legs and feet
- Burning or tingling or even the “pins and needles” feeling you get when your legs or arms “go to sleep”
- Changes in the shape of your feet caused by weakened muscles
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
If your neuropathy affects your autonomic nervous system, you can experience
- Digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea
- Erectile dysfunction
- Irregular heart beat
- Loss of bladder control
- Inability to regulate your blood pressure
How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Diabetic Neuropathy?
The best defense against diabetic neuropathy is to get and keep your blood sugar under control. Your best bet for doing that is proper diet, strictly monitoring your blood sugar levels and always taking your diabetes medication as prescribed by your doctor.
A good diet for controlling your blood sugar includes:
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Lean meats
- High fiber
- Whole grains
- No sweets
Your NeuropathyDR® specialist has an exclusive treatment protocol with proven results for diabetic neuropathy patients. An integral part of that treatment protocol is nutrition counseling and diet planning. Your specialist will sit down with you and plan your meals to include the proper portions of each of these categories on a daily basis to make sure that your blood sugar remains as constant as possible.
Assess your current medical situation and take note of any of the symptoms we described. If you are experiencing any of these issues associated with diabetic neuropathy, contact your local NeuropathyDR® and take full advantage of their expertise in the treatment of peripheral neuropathies, including diabetic neuropathy.
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