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What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

By on July 9, 2012 in Diseases, Health with 0 Comments

 

What is diabetic neuropathy? 

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that occurs in people with diabetes. This damage makes it difficult for the nerves carry messages to the brain and other body parts.

How I can learn more?

For more information, talk to your family doctor.

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy can cause the following symptoms:

  • Numbness or painful tingling and burning in parts of the body, especially in the fingers, toes, feet, hands and feet.
  • Muscle weakness and difficulty walking.
  • Cuts, sores or blisters on the feet do not hurt as much as you believe, and also heal very slowly.
  • Bladder problems such as urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence.
  • Digestive problems such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Erectile dysfunction (in men) and vaginal dryness (in women).

What is the cause of diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetes causes the sugar level in blood is higher than normal. Over time, high levels of blood sugar damage the blood vessels and nerves. That’s why people who do not control (or can not control) very good level of blood sugar appear more likely to have diabetic neuropathy.

Men are more likely to have diabetic neuropathy than women. High levels of cholesterol and smoking also increase risk.

How is diabetic neuropathy?

There is no cure for diabetic neuropathy. Treatment focuses on slowing the development of the condition controlling the levels of blood sugar and making changes in lifestyle. These changes in lifestyle not only help delay the nerve damage, but also help to promote overall health. These include:

  • Following a healthy diet.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Controlling blood pressure.
  • No smoking .
  • Limiting consumption of alcohol.

Treatment for diabetic neuropathy also focuses on relieving pain and discomfort. There are several medications available that help soothe the pain of neuropathy. Your doctor will help you decide what is best for you.

 

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