Diabetic-Neuropathy Diabetic Neuropathy is a group of nerve diseases brought on by diabetes. The first case that linked “sugar diabetes” to neurological problems happened sometime before 1850. While there is no known cure for diabetic neuropathy, easing the growth of the disease, soothing pain, as well as controlling pain symptoms and bringing back function are the primary goals.

Diabetic Neuropathy is caused by elevated blood glucose, having the disease for a long time, irregular blood fat levels, autoimmune elements that originate from swelling in the nerves, or the presence of a habitual injury like carpal tunnel syndrome. Hereditary traits also could raise the likely hood of developing a nerve condition.

Smoking and alcohol use can worsen diabetic neuropathy, depending on the type of neuropathy and the nerves that are damaged. Symptoms include loss of feeling in the toes, feet, hands, arms, legs, and fingers. Other problems include sexual dysfunction in both men and women, and weak muscles, weight loss and depression.

Diabetes can harm your nerves. That damage, called neuropathy, may be painful.

To prevent it, work with your doctor to manage your blood sugar.

Therefore You may hear your doctor mention the four types of diabetes-related neuropathy: peripheral, autonomic, proximal, and focal.

Peripheral Neuropathy

This type usually affects the feet and legs. Rare cases affect the arms, abdomen, and back.

Symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness (which may become permanent)
  • Burning (especially in the evening)
  • Pain

Early symptoms usually get better when your blood sugar is under control. There are medications to help manage the discomfort.

What you should do:

  • Check your feet and legs daily.
  • Use lotion on your feet if they’re dry.
  • Take care of your toenails. Ask your doctor if you should go to a podiatrist.
  • Wear shoes that fit well.

 

Autonomic Neuropathy

This type usually affects the digestive system, especially the stomach. It can also affect the blood vessels, urinary system, and sex organs.

In your digestive system:

Symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling full after small meals

What you should do: You may need to eat smaller meals and take medication to treat it.