What You Didn’t Know About Diabetic Neuropathy

For those with diabetes, diabetic neuropathy can be caused by nerve damage due to high blood sugar. There are three types of diabetic neuropathy, and the symptoms present can vary depending on which type someone has, along with the nerves that are being impacted. It can sound scary, but diabetic neuropathy can be prevented or, if it’s already present, its progress can be slowed.

What You Didn’t Know About Diabetic Neuropathy

Here are some facts you might not have known about diabetic neuropathy:

  • Studies show that up to 50% of people with diabetes also have diabetic neuropathy. It can be prevented by maintaining your blood sugar correctly and leading a healthy lifestyle. While it can’t be cured, people living with diabetic neuropathy can slow its progress through diet and lifestyle changes.
  • Diabetic neuropathy most commonly causes damage to nerves in your feet and legs. While it can affect nerves throughout your body, people tend to experience the most discomfort in their lower limbs. The symptoms can range from mild to moderate, and individual cases vary.
  • Many foot problems caused by diabetic neuropathy can be prevented with annual foot exams. Having your feet checked regularly by your health care provider and following their care recommendations at home will help protect your feet’s health. This includes keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing moisture-wicking socks (like cotton), and keeping your feet moisturized to help prevent cracking.

Diabetic neuropathy is a serious complication relating to diabetes, but it doesn’t have to stop you from living your life. Get the relief you are looking for by booking an appointment with our team at Complete Rehab today.