Diabetes and Neuropathy

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar, Diabetes Complications
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Neuropathy (damage to nerves and nerve function) is a common diabetes complications. This insidious, progressive condition is related in large part to the impaired circulation that most people living with diabetes experience.

Impaired circulation causes inadequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the nerve tissues. In addition, free-radical damage, inflammation, and glycation (which occurs when proteins bind to sugars and disrupt cellular function) also damage nerve cells and contribute to neuropathy.

Nerve damage related to diabetes (called diabetic neuropathy) often has serious consequences. In addition to pain and loss of sensation in the feet or hands, patients often experience weakness and loss of muscle control and coordination. They may also experience impaired digestion, carpal tunnel syndrome, erectile dysfunction, or other problems that are caused by nerve damage. And because they sometimes develop ulcers on their feet, which are very slow to heal and prone to serious infection, diabetic neuropathy is a leading cause of lower-extremity amputations.

Thankfully, adjustments to your diet and lifestyle are just a few of the effective natural treatments for diabetes that can help prevent diabetic neuropathy. 

 

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