Diabetic Neuropathy is simply nerve damage caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels from diabetes.
There are four types of diabetes-related neuropathy:
🔹 Peripheral- nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet.
🔹 Autonomic - damage to the nerves that manage every day body functions. These functions include blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, bowel and bladder emptying, and digestion.
🔹 Proximal- nerve damage in your hip, buttock, or thigh.
🔹 Focal- damage to single nerves, single nerve damage most often your hand, head, torso, or leg.
Neuropathy may have no symptoms at all in its earliest stages, but as the condition progresses, people start experiencing various forms of paresthesia. Symptoms include:
There is currently no cure for neuropathy pain. However, healthy blood sugar levels can slow the process and ease the pain of diabetic neuropathy. Your doctor can suggest changes to gently bring your levels down into the healthy zone such as:
🔹 Consuming a diet high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains; moderate in fish, poultry, nuts, and beans; and low in red meat
🔹 Keeping your weight at a healthy level
🔹 Stress management
🔹 Exercising for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week
🔹 Following doctor's instructions to take prescribed medication to lower your blood sugar as recommended
Other ways of easing diabetic neuropathy include:
🔹 Taking an Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever with doctor’s approval
🔹 Vitamin D from food and supplements
🔹 Avoid Smoking
🔹 Take a B Vitamin Complex
🔹 Soak in a Warm Bath
🔹 Take an Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement (600 mg daily)
🔹 Try Capsaicin Cream
🔹 Caring for your feet
🔹 Learning Relaxation Techniques
Sources: Healthline & WebMD
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