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"I've lived with diabetes most of my adult life. I guess I wasn't doing a good job of managing it because my doctor diagnosed me with diabetic neuropathy when I started feeling tingling, numbness, and sometimes intense pain in my feet. After going through the treatment plan at the Neuropathy Care Clinic the feelings of intense pain is gone. I still have some tingling and numbness, but at least I can get through the day without feeling any pain."

Mike Anderson, 46 (Portland, Oregon)


"My family physician diagnosed me with diabetic neuropathy and he referred me to the Neuropathy Care Clinic. I read about the condition and I really got scared that I might lose a limb due to diabetic neuropathy. The friendly doctors and nurses at the Neuropathy Care Clinic assured me that my condition was relatively early in its development. They put me on a treatment plan to address the pain that I was feeling as well as on a plan to stop the nerve loss in my feet. I still haven't lost a limb yet. Thanks Neuropathy Care Clinic!"

Carrie Williams, 64 (Albany, New York)

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder that is caused by decreased blood flow and high blood sugar levels due to diabetes. While diabetic neuropathy is a condition that can affect nerves in any part of the body, it most commonly affects the nerves in the lower half of the body. Mostly around the feet and legs. Diabetic Neuropathy is a very serious complication of diabetes and those who have diabetes need to pay keen attention to the health of their feed and legs. The onset of diabetic neuropathy often doesn't appear until after 10 or 20 years of the original diabetes diagnosis.

What are the Different types of Diabetic Neuropathy?

There are four types of diabetic neuropathy. They are classified based on which area of the body the affected nerves are located at. Peripheral neuropathy: This affects the peripheral nerves on the limbs. Numbness or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms will be felt with peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common forms of diabetic neuropathy.

Autonomic neuropathy: This affects the nerves that regulate autonomic functions such as digestion, heart rate, and blood pressure. Autonomic neuropathy can cause problems with bladder control, erectile dysfunction, constipation, and inhibits your body to recognize low blood sugar levels.

Focal neuropathy: This affects specific nerves in the body. Most often in the head, torso, or leg. It can cause inability to focus the eye, double vision, leg pain, or paralysis on one side of the face. Focal neuropathy is painful and unpredictable, but it tends to improve itself over time in a matter of weeks or months. It does not cause long term damage. Proximal neuropathy: This affects nerves in the thighs, hips, and buttocks. It can cause numbness or pain in the affected areas and can lead to weakness in the legs. People with this condition have a hard time going from a sitting position to a standing position due to weakness in the legs and may not be able to do that without help.

Am I at Risk of Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a condition that is limited to those who already have diabetes. A typical diabetes patient is an older individual. Having diabetes doesn't mean that you'll definitely develop diabetic neuropathy in the future. Not everyone who has diabetes develops diabetic neuropathy. Researchers have suggested that there may be other factors that contribute to diabetic neuropathy including:

  • Poor blood sugar control: Keeping blood sugar levels consistently within the target range is the best way to protect the health of the nerves and blood vessels Length of time you have diabetes: The risk of diabetic neuropathy increases the longer you have diabetes, especially if blood sugar levels are poorly managed.
  • Kidney disease: Diabetes can cause damage to the kidneys. Kidney disease increases the amount of toxins in the blood that can contribute to nerve damage.
  • Smoking: Smoking narrows and hardens your arteries. It reduces the blood flow to the legs and feet. Decreased blood flow make it more difficult for wounds to heal and cause damage to the peripheral nerves.

What are Some Complication of Diabetic Neuropathy?

If allowed to run rampant and left untreated diabetic Neuropathy can lead to some serious complications. Diabetic neuropathy can lead to digestive problems, sexual dysfunction, and urinary incontinence. It can even lead to loss of limbs. Since it causes numbness of the limbs, cuts and sores may go unnoticed and become infected leading to amputation. In severe cases it can lead to death due to hypoglycemia unawareness. When blood sugar levels drops to low levels your body warns you of this through symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, and fast heartbeat. Those with diabetic neuropathy don't get this warning. If hypoglycemia goes untreated it can be fatal.

Where Can I Get Help For Diabetic Neuropathy?

You've made the right decision to get your diabetic neuropathy treatment at the Neuropathy Care Clinic. We are a national treatment center with several clinics around the United States. Our facilities are staffed with a knowledgeable and caring staff to treat you diabetic neuropathy symptoms. Whether you've just recently been diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy or you've been unsuccessfully managing the disease for years we can help you. Call to make an appointment today.