Information about Diabetes and
Neuropathy is nerve damage that is caused by high blood sugar associated with
diabetes. High blood sugar can cause chemical changes in the body’s
nerves which make them unable to transmit messages. It can also harm the
blood vessels that carry oxygen and essential nutrients to the nerves.
The following information
is about diabetes neuropathy, but not all types of neuropathy are caused by diabetes. Non diabetic neuropathy can
also be the result of disorders of the immune system, various infectious diseases, and deficiencies of certain
Knowing the facts about
diabetes neuropathy can help you to identify warning signs and limit the damage this can do. The following
information about diabetes and neuropathy covers some of the main types and
Types of Diabetes Neuropathy
- Neuropathy caused by diabetes prevents
information or impulses being transmitted by the nerves between the brain, spinal cord, muscles, blood vessels,
skin and various organs. Here is some information about the four major types of diabetes
Neuropathy causes numbness or pain in the toes and
feet, legs, hands and arms. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy and
can cause diabetic erectile dysfunction.
Neuropathy causes problems with bowel and bladder
functions, digestion, perspiration and sexual response. It can
damage the nerves that transmit information to the heart, and those used to control blood
Neuropathy causes pain in hips, legs, buttocks and
thighs and can lead to weakness and loss of feeling in the legs.
Neuropathy is a sudden weakness of a single nerve or
nerve group that leads to abrupt muscle weakness or pain. Any
part of the body can be affected by this sudden change.
Information on preventing Diabetes
Although all diabetics are
at risk from neuropathy, the chances of developing this complication
increase the longer you
have diabetes. Those who have suffered from diabetes for more than 25
years are most at risk from neuropathy and your doctor will provide you with further information about diabetes
neuropathy at this stage.
The most effective way to
prevent diabetes neuropathy is to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. This means paying attention to your diet, taking
regular exercise and ensuring you are taking your prescribed medicine properly.
Neurontin and Diabetes
If you are already
suffering with diabetes neuropathy, you might want to ask your doctor for information about Neurontin and diabetes. Initially designed
to control seizures in epilepsy sufferers, neurontin can be effective in treating diabetes neuropathy. It helps to
relieve diabetic neuropathy pain, improve your mood, assist sleep, and generally enhance your quality of
There have been some side
effects reported in the use of neurontin, and diabetes sufferers should look out for these if they are prescribed
this drug. Side effects include slurred speech, excessive fatigue and some twitching. Although neurontin is often
used effectively in diabetic neuropathy treatment, some people find the side effects are too intense for them to
continue to use it.
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