23 Jun Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: What You Need to Know
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a type of nerve damage that can occur in people with diabetes. It is caused by high blood sugar levels that damage the nerves throughout the body. DPN most often affects the nerves in the legs and feet, but it can also affect the hands, arms, and other parts of the body.
DPN is becoming more common in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 60% of people with diabetes have some degree of DPN. The risk of developing DPN increases with the length of time someone has diabetes.
The symptoms of DPN can vary from person to person. Some common symptoms include:
- Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
- Pain, burning, or a feeling of coldness in the feet or hands
- Weakness in the feet or hands
- Difficulty walking
- Changes in the skin of the feet or hands, such as dry skin, calluses, or ulcers
- DPN can lead to serious complications, such as:
- Foot ulcers: Foot ulcers are open sores that can develop on the feet of people with DPN. If an ulcer is not treated properly, it can become infected and lead to amputation.
Charcot foot: Charcot foot is a condition that causes the bones in the feet to collapse. This can lead to deformities in the feet and make it difficult to walk.
Autonomic neuropathy: Autonomic neuropathy is a type of DPN that affects the nerves that control involuntary functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. Autonomic neuropathy can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Bladder problems
- Sexual dysfunction
How to Prevent Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
There is no sure way to prevent DPN, but there are things you can do to lower your risk:
Control your blood sugar levels. This is the most important thing you can do to prevent DPN.
Get regular exercise. Exercise helps to keep your blood sugar levels in check and can also help to improve circulation.
Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help to keep your blood sugar levels in check and can also provide your body with the nutrients it needs to heal.
Don’t smoke. Smoking damages the nerves and can increase your risk of developing DPN.
Take care of your feet. Keep your feet clean and dry, and inspect them regularly for any signs of problems.
If you have diabetes, it is important to see your doctor regularly for foot exams. Early detection and treatment of foot problems can help to prevent complications.
If you have been diagnosed with 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.
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Sincerely Yours for Health,
Dr. Rodolfo Alfonso, D.C.
8585 Sunset Drive,
Miami, FL 33143