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The Link Between Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes. What’s more, a whopping 88 million more have prediabetes.

If you have diabetes, you’re no doubt keenly aware that your body has trouble clearing excess sugar from your blood and that the condition puts you at risk for a number of health complications.

Common complications of diabetes

These are some of the insidious complications of diabetes:

  • Kidney damage

  • Glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness

  • Stroke

  • Heart disease

  • Gum disease

  • Depression

One of the devastating consequences of diabetes is the need for amputation. Because the disease wreaks havoc on your nerves and blood vessels, sores can develop and a dangerous infection can set in and spread. The nerve damage is commonly called peripheral neuropathy.

Led by Benton Dammel, DC, the skilled and knowledgeable team at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center of Northern Kentucky offers expert integrative medicine and chiropractic care.

They understand the toll that diabetes can take on your health and work intently to help you manage the disease and prevent serious complications. In this blog, let’s take a closer look at the link between diabetes and peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy

About half of those diagnosed with diabetes experience some degree of nerve damage. Some of the telltale symptoms are:

  • Pain and numbness in your extremities

  • Tingling sensation in your fingers or toes

  • Dizziness when you stand

  • Sensitivity to touch

  • Burning feeling in your feet

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Loss of vaginal lubrication

  • Weak muscles

If you have diabetes and any of these symptoms describe your situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Why peripheral neuropathy is linked to diabetes

Several conditions can lead to neuropathy, but it’s by far most common with diabetics. In fact, peripheral neuropathy is also known as diabetic neuropathy. It develops over time if your blood sugar levels stay chronically elevated, which deprives your vessels and nerves of vital oxygen.

Often, this nerve damage takes place in your feet and legs, hence the danger of lower extremity amputations for people with diabetes.

Treating peripheral neuropathy

We meet with you to get a full understanding of your health history and current condition. Our No. 1 goal is to help alleviate your pain quickly. To do that, we work to slow the damage to your peripheral nerves with a custom and comprehensive care plan that may include:

  • Chiropractic care

  • Balance training

  • Regenerative medicine

  • Rehabilitation

  • Electrical stimulation

We also recommend lifestyle changes that may include losing weight and following a low-glycemic diet.

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