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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Prevention And Treatment

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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. [1]


- 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


Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy include:
- Numbness
- 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


Treatment


Self-care:
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.

Medications:
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 patients’ needs at our first and foremost concern.

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