What Is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?
This refers to nerve damage that could occur due to having consistently high blood sugar and diabetes. It is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Over time, it often results in the gradual loss of sensation, numbness or pain in the legs, feet or hands, although the particular symptoms depend on which nerves are affected.
Since high blood sugar levels throughout the body impact all nerves, any part of the body—inside or out—is vulnerable to diabetic neuropathy. While other symptoms may affect organ systems, resulting in urinary incontinence, diarrhea or speech impairment, peripheral neuropathy specifically refers to symptoms found in the extremities: the feet, legs, hands and arms.
What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?
If any of these symptoms are present, then it may be time to consult a qualified podiatrist such as Dr. Wrotslavksy.
* Tingling, pins and needles
* Burning or cold feeling
* Muscle weakness
* Heightened sensitivity to touch
* A stubborn infection that does not heal well in the extremities, such as an ulcer or sore
* Balance problems
In many cases, the symptoms worsen at night.
How Is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Treated?
First, the blood sugar level must be brought under control, usually through medication. The goals of diabetic neuropathy treatment are to relieve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Typical treatment options include medications, cognitive therapy, meditation, acupuncture, interferential stimulation, or prescribed exercise. In addition, the extremities must be inspected daily for any cuts or sores that could become infected and, in severe cases, could lead to amputation or even death.
One particular dietary supplement, Metanx®, provides nutrients that help improve blood flow in the small arteries; this, in turn, can help reduce the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. For more information, view the video below: