What is Diabetic Neorapathy

By arie Latest Reply 2009-11-01 11:48:41 -0600
Started 2009-10-07 11:07:46 -0500

can someone explain to me what diabetic Neorapathy is… how do you prevent from getting it…

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Loriann2 2009-10-07 17:19:59 -0500 Report

I read what it was online. It has to do with the nerves in your feet that are damaged. I just talked to my doctor about this because I do have pain in my feet. He put me on medication for this.

Cate - 76737
Cate - 76737 2009-11-01 11:48:41 -0600 Report

Sometimes neuropathies will develop months to years after chemotherapy. If you are a cancer survivor who had chemo, and are diabetic, your chances of developing neuropathy are higher.

Sarguillo 2009-10-07 14:47:49 -0500 Report


What are diabetic neuropathies?
Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Nerve problems can occur in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart, and sex organs.

About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathies also appear to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, as well as those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure and those who are overweight.


What causes diabetic neuropathies?
The causes are probably different for different types of diabetic neuropathy. Researchers are studying how prolonged exposure to high blood glucose causes nerve damage. Nerve damage is likely due to a combination of factors:

•metabolic factors, such as high blood glucose, long duration of diabetes, abnormal blood fat levels, and possibly low levels of insulin
•neurovascular factors, leading to damage to the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to nerves
•autoimmune factors that cause inflammation in nerves
•mechanical injury to nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
•inherited traits that increase susceptibility to nerve disease
•lifestyle factors, such as smoking or alcohol use

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathies?
Symptoms depend on the type of neuropathy and which nerves are affected. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms at all. For others, the first symptom is often numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet. Symptoms are often minor at first, and because most nerve damage occurs over several years, mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time. Symptoms can involve the sensory, motor, and autonomic—or involuntary—nervous systems. In some people, mainly those with focal neuropathy, the onset of pain may be sudden and severe.

Symptoms of nerve damage may include

•numbness, tingling, or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, and fingers
•wasting of the muscles of the feet or hands
•indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
•diarrhea or constipation
•dizziness or faintness due to a drop in blood pressure after standing or sitting up
•problems with urination
•erectile dysfunction in men or vaginal dryness in women
Symptoms that are not due to neuropathy, but often accompany it, include weight loss and depression.


What are the types of diabetic neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy can be classified as peripheral, autonomic, proximal, or focal. Each affects different parts of the body in various ways.

•Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms.
•Autonomic neuropathy causes changes in digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, and perspiration. It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure, as well as nerves in the lungs and eyes. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning symptoms of low blood glucose levels.
•Proximal neuropathy causes pain in the thighs, hips, or buttocks and leads to weakness in the legs.
•Focal neuropathy results in the sudden weakness of one nerve or a group of nerves, causing muscle weakness or pain. Any nerve in the body can be affected.

Neuropathy Affects Nerves Throughout the Body
Peripheral neuropathy affects

Autonomic neuropathy affects

•heart and blood vessels
•digestive system
•urinary tract
•sex organs
•sweat glands
Proximal neuropathy affects

Focal neuropathy affects

•facial muscles
•pelvis and lower back

BLC 2009-10-07 14:58:36 -0500 Report

Wow! Great explanation Sarguillo. I learned a lot from this post. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Bekki Diabetic
Bekki Diabetic 2009-10-07 15:58:24 -0500 Report

Sarguillo, thanks for the full definition for those of us who experience some of these problems. It is a reminder that even if we have some problems, they didn't happen overnight, and it reminds us we need to stay on top of our diabetes as it could definitely be worse. Thanks again.

great dane
great dane 2009-10-07 18:38:23 -0500 Report

Great post!

ptsparkle 2009-10-19 11:18:12 -0500 Report

Came accross this today. I'm glad I wasn't looking for a quick answer! Only kidding. That was outstanding, as I have it in many areas of my body. This should be a super reference for all who want the answers. Thanks

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