Conditions We Treat

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes – in fact about half of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy.

Fortunately, there are treatment routes that a doctor can aid you with to ease your pain – keep reading to find out more.

Shot of a diabetic man checking his blood sugar

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that specifically happens to those with diabetes. Significant nerve problems typically develop within the first 10 years after a diabetes diagnosis, though the risk of developing neuropathy increases the longer you have diabetes.

High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in the legs and feet.

Man feeling his hand because he’s experiencing numbness

What Are The Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy?

The most common symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • A burning feeling
  • Aching
  • Cramps
  • Weakness

Symptoms often begin in the feet or hands, but often spread to the legs and arms.

What Are My Treatment Options for Diabetic Neuropathy?

There are a range of treatments available for diabetic neuropathy that your doctor can help with. Some of these could include:

  • Diet and exercise
  • Control of blood glucose levels
  • Prevention of injury
  • Pain management via medications

Frequently Asked Questions about Diabetic Neuropathy

1. Can Diabetic Neuropathy Be Reversed?
No, diabetic neuropathy can’t be reversed – but the symptoms can absolutely be treated. Once the nerves have been damaged they cannot repair themselves.

2. Can You Stop Diabetic Neuropathy From Progressing?
You can slow down the nerve damage, by consistently keeping your blood sugar within your target range. Good blood sugar management may even improve some of your current symptoms.

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