Diabetic Neuropathy, Cure & Treatment

Diabetic neuropathy, cure and treatment are topics of vital interest to diabetics and their families. This painful condition can really have a negative impact on the quality of life. The first step in cure and treatment is always to bring blood glucose levels into line with normal ranges and keep them there.  For some reason, alcohol consumption also seems to be a major contributor to diabetic neuropathy. A range of prescription medication, as well as natural supplements and physical treatments, are available to provide pain relief.

Peripheral Neuropathy: Sensory nerves that deliver messages from our body to our brains, and motor nerves that conduct messages from our brains to our body can become damaged by diabetes over time. Our peripheral nerves sense pain, touch, hot and cold. They also affect our movement and muscle strength. People with peripheral neuropathy often find their feet and lower legs are affected first. The inability to sense pain in the feet can lead to serious conditions if a wound or injury to the foot goes unnoticed for too long. Tingling, burning or prickling sensations in the arms and legs is common, and seems to be worse at night. This can really have a negative impact on the quality of sleep.

Painful Diabetic Neuropathy: Sometimes people with diabetic neuropathy will experience sharp pains or muscle cramps, or extreme sensitivity to even the lightest touch. Treatment consists of a range of medications, depending upon the nerves affected. Anti-depressants are sometimes prescribed as a method of pain management. Anticonvulsants, and opoid or opoid-like drugs such as oxycodone may help to alleviate the experience of constant pain. Capsaicin cream or lidocain patches may be applied directly to the skin of the feet.

Diabetic Nephropathy: Diabetic nephropathy is the term given to kidney damage caused by diabetes. High levels of blood sugar can destroy the tiny blood vessels that filter waste from the blood. If the damage continues, the kidneys may stop working altogether. This condition is detected when small amounts of a protein, called albumin, show up in a urine test.  People who smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol are at higher risk of diabetic nephropathy. Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs  (NSAIDs) should be avoided. Over time, the feet and legs may begin to swell. If caught early, some medicines may help to reverse kidney damage.


Blurred Vision Diabetes

Blurred vision diabetes side-effects are caused by high or changing blood sugar (glucose) levels that have the potential to cause more serious and potentially permanent eye damage, one of which and the most serious is diabetic retinopathy. This is the result of the blood vessels in the retina being damaged because of extended periods of high blood sugar.