Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. It is a progressive disease and symptoms worsen over time. About half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage. While diabetic neuropathy is common in those with diabetes as the name suggests, it is more common in those who don’t control their blood sugar levels.
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. Signs and symptoms may include numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes, tingling or burning sensations, or an increased sensitivity to touch. Peripheral neuropathy may also be present in patients with serious foot problems such as ulcers, infections, deformities, and joint pain.
By and large, the most effective way to treat neuropathy is by slowing the progression of diabetes through smart lifestyle choices and self-care. At Access Neurology, Dr. Scarianpo can help you with medication management, dietary advice, and helping you monitor your blood glucose levels.