Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is damage of the nerves in our bodies’ extremities (typically starting in the feet and legs) and can occur when there are chronic high levels of blood sugar in the body. These peripheral nerves are responsible for detecting pain, pressure, and differentiating between hot and cold. These particular nerves also have an effect on muscle strength and the way that the muscles move.
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Common symptoms patients describe when they have Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy include a loss of feeling or a general numbness of the feet, a burning sensation or a stabbing pain in an affected area, bone and joint deformities, significantly reduced or increased sensitivity to touch or temperature, and a loss of balance and coordination when standing or walking. Loss of sensation is the most common and sometimes only symptom of this condition, and is therefore imperative for those who are at risk to seek a diagnosis to reduce the risk of deformities or amputation. Although the damage caused by Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a slow progression, it can steadily worsen over time especially when blood sugars are not well controlled.
Chronically elevated blood sugars is an important contributor to this condition, but there are other factors that should be considered as well, including age, duration of diabetes, smoking, alcohol use, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Other medical conditions and nutrition can contribute to the development of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy as well. It is important that high risk patients consult a specialist to determine if they have this condition so that they can begin treatment.