09 May Diabetic Neuropathy: Causes and Symptoms
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur in people with diabetes. It is caused by high blood sugar levels over time, which can damage the nerves throughout the body.
There are many different types of diabetic neuropathy, but the most common are:
- Peripheral neuropathy: This is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy. It affects the nerves in the hands and feet, and can cause numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness.
- Autonomic neuropathy: This type of neuropathy affects the nerves that control involuntary functions, such as the heart, bladder, and digestive system. It can cause problems with blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and urination.
- Focal neuropathy: This type of neuropathy affects a specific nerve or group of nerves. It can cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the affected area.
The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can vary depending on the type of neuropathy and the nerves that are affected. Some common symptoms include:
- Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
- Pain in the hands and feet
- Weakness in the hands and feet
- Burning or prickling sensations in the hands and feet
- Changes in sweating in the hands and feet
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Bladder problems, such as incontinence or difficulty emptying the bladder
- Digestive problems, such as constipation or diarrhea
- Erectile dysfunction in men
- Problems with sweating
- Changes in heart rate
- Low blood pressure
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment. There is no cure for diabetic neuropathy, but there are treatments that can help to manage the symptoms and prevent further damage to the nerves.
How to Prevent Diabetic Neuropathy
The best way to prevent diabetic neuropathy is to keep your blood sugar levels under control. This means eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking your medication as prescribed by your doctor. You should also have your blood sugar levels checked regularly by a doctor.
If you already have diabetic neuropathy, there are things you can do to manage the symptoms and prevent further damage to the nerves. These include:
- Keeping your blood sugar levels under control
- Taking medication as prescribed by your doctor
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
- Taking care of your feet
- Seeing a doctor regularly
- By following these tips, you can help to prevent or manage diabetic neuropathy and improve your quality of life.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy or have neuropathy symptoms such as pain, burning, numbness in your arms, hands, legs or feet. Please contact us at (305) 275-7475 to schedule and discuss your questions with our new patient specialist or message us your number/email and our team member will reach out to you for scheduling.
Out of town patients can schedule a complimentary Zoom Meeting Consultation or Phone Consultation with Dr. Alfonso. Please contact either by website, email, or by phone if you have any questions. We are here to help you overcome peripheral neuropathy and get you back to enjoying life! You can beat peripheral neuropathy without drugs or surgery!
For more info on the Dr. Alfonso Neuropathy Treatment Protocol please visit our treatment page of our website.
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Sincerely Yours for Health,
Dr. Rodolfo Alfonso, D.C.
8585 Sunset Drive,
Miami, FL 33143