Diabetic neuropathy can take many forms, and it’s
estimated that 60% to 70% of people with diabetes will develop
neuropathy in their lives. With an estimated 48 million people in the US
expected to have diabetes by 2050, tens of millions of people can expect to
develop diabetic neuropathy.
What is Diabetic Neuropathy?
is a condition where the nerve cells in the body suffer damage. When these
cells are damaged, they can cause issues with:
the cause of this form of neuropathy due to the high blood sugar content,
eventually damaging the person’s nerves over time. A person can suffer from
four main types of neuropathy:
Autonomic. Damage which occurs to the
automatic nervous system, such as digestive function, urinary function,
sweating and even sexual response.
Focal. Weakness or pain of the muscles
that is sudden.
Proximal. Numbness or pain that occurs in the
lower extremities, including the thighs, hips and buttocks.
Peripheral. Numbness or pain in the feet, legs,
hands, toes or arms.
What are the Most Common Symptoms?
The most common symptom is leg pain and foot pain, but you may experience a wide range of symptoms depending on your condition.
Researchers are trying to determine if the condition can be reversed. There is an interesting study that will end in December 2019 that takes 40 participants and tries to determine if diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be cured with exercise.
keeping tabs on this study to see if exercise may be able to help you.
The University of Michigan conducted a study that is very
promising for people with diabetic neuropathy. The study was conducted on mice
that started to suffer nerve damage in the prediabetic stage.
were fed an array of healthy, unsaturated dietary fats.
researchers found was that mice that were fed diets that contained high levels
of unsaturated fats, still within the same caloric intake of other mice, were
able to reverse their neuropathy and improve their overall health.
claim that early intervention is key and can help neuropathy from progressing.
are healthier have been shown to help neuropathy sufferers by requiring the
person to take less medication and may even protect nerves. Supplementation may
also be used to help protect nerves in a person that is prediabetic or diabetic
and at a higher risk of neuropathy.
Alpha lipoic acid – An antioxidant that is water soluble and can assist in the repair of
damaged cells. Dosages should start at 300mg with each meal.
L-arginine – An
amino acid that improves blood flow and is essential in the repairing of
Omega-3s / 6s – Essentially fatty acids, omegas will help provide the fat needed for
nerve cell repair.
B Vitamins –
Ideal for peripheral neuropathy. These vitamins can be extremely helpful in
repairing damaged nerve cells in the body.
Researchers claim that there is no way to correct
or reverse neuropathy, but there are ways to stop the pain that it causes.
Fats, as we saw in a previous study, are very promising and may offer a
complete reversal of the condition.
Fats are key because the body needs ample fats to
be able to repair damaged nerve cells.
Dietary changes and medication may be able to
curb the pain and slow the progression of neuropathy.
Strict management of blood glucose levels is also
recommended. When you manage these levels, you can help slow the damage and
stop the condition from progressing. You should talk to your doctor to find
ways to help stop the progression of your neuropathy.
It’s imperative that you take all measures
possible to stop the damage before it becomes severe.
A diabetic that just starts suffering from
symptoms associated with the condition will be in the best position to reverse
the damage that the cells have suffered from. Since there’s a chance that you
have lost feeling, you will want to be very careful when exercising.
Check your feet and legs often for injury, and
always remain cautious of your extremities which may become injured without you
knowing it. Scientists are working on treatments are promising, but they’re
still in the early stages of development.