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Diabetic Neuropathy is a dysfunction of peripheral nerves.

Updated on July 5, 2012

You ignore this at your peril; it does not matter whether the condition is acute or chronic. Diabetics, who do not control their diabetes, are in the highest ri

You ignore this at your peril; it does not matter whether the condition is acute or chronic. Diabetics, who do not control their diabetes, are in the highest risk category of developing diabetic neuropathy. Be aware of the problem. Nerve disorders for diabetics can lead to serious secondary disorders, so be aware of this nerve wrecking condition, it is a dysfunction of peripheral nerves.

Diabetic neuropathy is a disease; yes a disease of the peripheral nerves and not to be dismissed as something trivial. This condition can lead to serious complications, causes weakness and numbness.

Ignoring this disease is not an option; it does not matter whether the condition is acute or chronic. If your diabetes is not under control you are in a high risk category of developing diabetic neuropathy. Be alert to the problem, for nerve disorders for diabetics can lead to serious ailments, so be aware of this uncompromising condition, it is a dysfunction of peripheral nerves.

Prevention.

The best preventive measure against diabetic neuropathy is to control the blood glucose levels to as normal as possible. The peripheral nervous system is the system outside the brain and spinal cord.

Those with a higher risk of diabetic neuropathy should watch out for numbness of the feet. You don’t often see the bottom of your feet, but numbness is your body telling you to check your feet. The feet are a vulnerable part and one of the many problems is that you don’t often see the bottom of your feet, sores and ulcers may be causing havoc, you may not notice this because you are not aware of their presence.

Those with a higher risk of diabetic neuropathy should see a podiatrist/chiropodist regularly and wear practical comfortable and fitting footwear. Even if you are not in a high risk category you must check your feet regularly and use the services of a podiatrist/chiropodist often.

It is of the utmost importance that you check your feet regularly, as lower limb amputations are directly linked to the unseen problems that occur in your feet.

Take responsibility for your health, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to stay as healthy as possible.

Wear fitting comfortable footwear, if you are out walking, running or even jogging. Blisters in your feet can cause major problems, so attend to them right away before they get infected. You don’t have to be in a high risk category to have problems with your feet. All diabetics are susceptible to foot problems and are prone to a reduced sense of touch. Make it a point to check your feet daily, no one else will do it for you, take responsibility and make regular appointments to see your podiatrist/chiropodist, they will treat the nails, hard skin, calluses and stop other serious problems that may occur.

At present there is no medication to treat the reduced sense of touch, pay attention to all the programmes set out for you by those looking after your diabetes.

Cause and symptoms

Diabetic neuropathy is caused by a prolonged high blood glucose level. If the blood glucose levels rise above a certain level, the nerves throughout the body begin to be damaged.

See your physician or doctor immediately, you notice burning, tingling or numbness in your feet or hands. You will be tested in hospital for neuropathy.

If the diagnosis is acute neuropathy, it could disappear when your diabetes is brought under control. But chronic neuropathy has more serious implications.

The most common form of neuropathy in the sensory system is the loss of feeling in the lower limbs. Insensitivity to touch is far less in the hands and arms, but occurs more often in the feet and legs. This insensitivity may not cause pain when walking, but the loss of feeling makes you unaware of any immediate damage to the feet. The wearing of tight fitting footwear, wrong type of footwear can cause foot ulcers, which you were probably unaware.

Always check your feet whenever you remove your footwear, if there is a problem attend to it right away.

Neuropathy in the inner organs, namely the autonomic nervous system, can cause dizziness, especially if you stand up too quickly. Sometimes after a meal you may experience nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty in passing urine and low and behold the dreaded constipation, and of course impotence for men.

The best medicine against diabetic neuropathy is to control your blood sugar levels and try to keep it to normal levels.

It is your body and your health, so look after them and if you do get problems see your physician or doctor immediately, because like everything else diabetic neuropathy can be controlled.

Diabetes is a horrendous disease, so don’t let it get out of control. Take the necessary precautions and you can still live a relatively normal life. Take care.

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