Additional Diabetes Information:
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet.
Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in your extremities to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. For some people, these symptoms are mild; for others, diabetic neuropathy can be painful, disabling and even fatal.
Diabetic neuropathy is a common serious complication of diabetes. Yet you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with tight blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.
There are four main types of diabetic neuropathy. You may have just one type or symptoms of several types. Most develop gradually, and you may not notice problems until considerable damage has occurred. The signs and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary, depending on the type of neuropathy and which nerves are affected.
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. Your feet and legs are often affected first, followed by your hands and arms. Possible signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or changes in temperature, especially in your feet and toesA tingling or burning feelingSharp, jabbing pain that may be worse at nightPain when walkingExtreme sensitivity to the lightest touch – for some people, even the weight of a sheet can be agonizingMuscle weakness and difficulty walkingSerious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, deformities, and bone and joint pain
The autonomic nervous system controls your heart, bladder, lungs, stomach, intestines, sex organs and eyes. Diabetes can affect the nerves in any of these areas, possibly causing:
A lack of awareness that blood sugar levels are low (hypoglycemia unawareness)Bladder problems, including frequent urinary tract infections or urinary incontinenceConstipation, uncontrolled diarrhea or a combination of the twoSlow stomach emptying (gastroparesis), leading to nausea, vomiting and loss of appetiteDifficulty swallowingErectile dysfunction in menVaginal dryness and other sexual difficulties in womenIncreased or decreased sweatingInability of your body to adjust blood pressure and heart rate, leading to sharp drops in blood pressure when you rise from sitting or lying down (orthostatic hypotension) that may cause you to feel lightheaded or even faintProblems regulating your body temperatureChanges in the way your eyes adjust from light to darkIncreased heart rate when you're at rest
REMEDY FOR NEUROPATHY
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