Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that occurs due to uncontrolled levels of blood sugar. Most often, nerves controlling functional aspects of legs as well as feet get damaged leading to diabetic foot or ulcers. Diabetic Neuropathy is a common and serious complication of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
The condition develops slowly and if not treated in a specified period of time, it may lead to a serious complications like slower healing of the wounds and may even lead to amputation of the legs.
Several other risk factors like excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, stress etc. are also responsible for diabetic neuropathy.
Signs And Symptoms
- Increased/decreased sensitivity to touch
- The difficulty with coordination, walking etc.
- Burning and tingling sensation in feet
- Muscular weakness and spasm
- Persistent nausea and indigestion
- Loss of appetite
- Vaginal dryness
- Erectile dysfunction
- Double vision
- Cardiac arrhythmia
Diagnosis And Treatment
Thorough physical examination and medical history is collected by the physician to diagnosis diabetic neuropathy. Although there is no cure for diabetic neuropathy, you can slow the progression by keeping the blood sugar under control.
Patients may be asked to go for steroidal medications to prevent inflammation and progressive damage of the organs.Certain rehabilitative approach can also be suggested for effective pain management.