Roughly eight out of ever 100 people in the U.S. are living with some form of diabetes (i.e. Type 1, Type 2, gestational), and up to 70 percent of these individuals eventually develop diabetic neuropathy, a condition that damages the nerves in your body from high levels of glucose.
Diabetic neuropathy is a serious health condition that can be prevented to some degree. The pain management specialists at American Spine want patients to live long and healthy lives and hopes you’ll consider some of these pointers to improve function and relieve discomfort from diabetic neuropathy.
Patients must effectively control their diabetes in order to reduce their risk of developing diabetic neuropathy. If they do not, warning signs will be apparent. Review the following symptoms to watch out for:
- Weakness of the muscles in your hands and feet
- Feeling light-headed when standing
- Stomach or intestinal issues- i.e. vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, nausea
- Tingling, numbness or pain in the feet. Diabetic neuropathy generally affects the feet first
- Discomfort/prickly feelings in your legs, hands, arms and fingers
One of the best things you can do to decrease your risk of developing diabetes is keep your blood sugar under control and in a normal range. As mentioned previously, diabetic neuropathy occurs when the nerves in your body have become damaged by high levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood, which is normally controlled by insulin.
If you’re diabetic, you’re probably already aware of insulin purpose, but for those new to the condition, insulin is what helps the cells in your body use glucose for “fuel.” If you’re not managing you insulin intake, diabetic neuropathy is more likely to occur.
If you already have diabetic neuropathy, it’s important to take good care of your feet and hands. Because the blood in your feet and hands do not circulate as well with diabetes, you could develop ulcers or infections for unknown blisters or cuts. Talk to your American Spine physician about concerns and possible treatment options for diabetic neuropathy.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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