Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Prevention And Treatment
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy refers to the nerve damage diabetic people are prone to having. This typically affects the hands and legs.
As many as 70% people suffering from diabetes tend to get peripheral neuropathy. 
- It requires medical diagnosis
- Lab tests and other imaging tests are required.
- The condition is chronic and can be long lasting.
- The common causes of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy are high blood sugar, obesity, high BP, high levels of cholesterol, kidney problems, smoking etc.
Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy include:
- Loss of reflexes
- Sharp pains or tingling sensation
- Muscle weakness
- Loss or coordination
- Loss of nerve function in the feet or hands
- Foot problems like infections, ulcers
Diagnosis involves physical examination, reviewing medical history, diet and symptoms. Tests include:
- Filament Test
- EMG (Electromyography)
- Nerve Conduction Studies
It can immensely help diabetic people with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and involves:
- Proper Nutrition and refraining from excess sugary foods.
- Look out for wounds that can further lead to infections, if left unchecked.
- Proper foot care.
- Monitoring blood sugar at regular intervals.
There is no cure to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. However, a doctor might evaluate and check for foot sores, bone or joint problems before recommending certain medications to prevent further nerve damage. These include:
- Prescription of certain antidepressants for pain relief
- Maintaining blood sugar levels between 80-130 mg/dL before meals and maintaining it till 180 mg/dL after meals.
Specialists: A diabetologist should be contacted to look for measures to avoid worsening the condition. mfine provides expert care and treatment through research and best health practices. We put our patientsâ€™ needs at our first and foremost concern.