Diabetic Neuropathy: The Nerve Damage Of Diabetes

By Janice Larsen
Updated August 9, 2016
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Diabetic Neuropathy: The Nerve Damage Of DiabetesDiabetes can be problematic on many levels, including the condition called diabetic neuropathy, which is essentially the nerve damage caused by this disease. Neuropathies are disorders that can lead to nerve damage over time, and some of this damage shows no symptoms whatsoever other than the sudden loss of sensation in fingers, toes, legs, feet, hands and arms. Some problems of this nature may also be included in the stomach organs, heart, and internal sex organs.

Cause And Explanation Of Diabetic Neuropathy:

Up to 70% of those with diabetes will suffer from some type of neuropathy in their lifetime and the issue can develop at any stage of life. Risks do increase with age and length of time that diabetes has been present, with the highest neuropathy rate occuring in those who have been diabetics for 25 years or longer. It is also most common in those who have difficulty in eating properly and controlling glucose levels in the blood. Blood pressure has also been a symptom, but there are different types of diabetic neuropathy which makes it more difficult to track. There are metabolic, neurovascular, autoimmune, mechanical, genetic, and lifestyle factors that play a big part in the possible cause of this disorder. Anything from abnormal blood fat levels, to smoking and alcohol use can be a cause.

Symptoms Of Diabetic Neuropathy:

The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary depending on the severity and reason that it has occurred, but for some there are no symptoms at all, while others will feel tingling, pain, and numbness. These symptoms, if you do encounter them can begin in a very minor way, and then progress over time. For some people with diabetes, this could continue on for years unnoticed, or it could involve some sensory or autoimmune issues that would lead to it being discovered right away. Indigestion, diarrhea, dizziness, erectile dysfunction, and weight loss and depression can also follow.

Dealing With Diabetic Neuropathy:

Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetic neuropathy once symptoms have set in and numbness has occurred. The damage is usually irreversible, although there is constant scientific research being conducted in the search for more information on how these disorders develop and whether or not there may be some cure that is unknown at this time. If you have diabetes, the best way to prevent diabetic neuropathy is to visit your doctor regularly, follow a dietary plan, and take any medication as it is prescribed to you regularly. Getting enough sleep, eating right, taking medicine, and taking care of your body are extremely important steps to take when you have diabetes, especially as you age. Your doctor may be able to help you check on any symptoms that are related to neuropathy and determine whether or not you should be worried, or seeking treatment related to the symptoms that you are or are not feeling.

Every case is a little bit different, which makes it hard to pinpoint exact cause and effect, but there is hope in the future as far as medical breakthroughs and diabetes go, and the search for the cure is always on the minds of those involved.

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