What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?

February 4, 2008 by  
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Causes and Symptoms

If you are diabetic and have neuropathy, then you are familiar with the painful, burning, and sometimes tingling sensation of neuropathy. Neuropathy is thought to be caused by a loss of blood supply to nerves in the body. This is a dangerous condition and can caused fatalities. Nerves affected can be any of those in the human body, including the nervous system that is associated with internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, and liver.

In some cases, the neuropathy can give a diabetic the appearance of someone who has had a stroke. Drooping in the face, mainly around the eyes and mouth can occur. Difficulty swallowing, speech impairment, vision problems, and erectile dysfunction are only a few of the problems caused by neuropathy.


The only known way to prevent neuropathy or to control its’ spread is by having very strict control of your blood glucose levels. Even with this strict attention, the neuropathy can only be reversed or prevented if the onset is recent. Years of neuropathy cannot be reversed. This means: If you have diabetes, start a tight regimen now. Do not delay. Years of damage cannot be repaired!

There are some drugs which can give some relief of symptoms, but due to the amount of side effects at this time, stronger drugs are not available. In some cases the drugs that are the strongest have debilitating side effects. Your doctor can be consulted for your best options, you should not rely on research alone to choose a medicine for this disability. This is extremely important in this day and age when drugs are available over the internet for purchase.

I want to be very clear here. If you purchase medication online for this disability, you can die. Only use the medication your doctor prescribes.

Alternative Treatments

New approaches are being studied to treat neuropathy with good results. One of the most recent is the study of a special form of the vitamin B12. The results were mixed with this treatment. Another diet additive was an anti-oxidant known as a-lipoid acid. A dose of under 1800 milligrams was used, as higher doses caused nausea. Some benefit was shown in the clinical trials, though the study has not been published.

Vegans will not be surprised that a vegan diet with moderate exercise has been shown to improve diabetes symptoms, including neuropathy. This diet is high in vitamins, anti-oxidants, and the vitamins the body needs. Low in cholesterol and other body harming byproducts, a vegan diet promotes good health and good glucose control for diabetics.

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3 Responses to “What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?”
  1. pankaj says:

    hi! i am an engineering student. i am scared to death as i am having burning feeling in mu feet, arms , fingers. Sweating unnecessarily, stomach ache a bit of headache which seems to be the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy:(
    I am aspired to build my body and have huge muscular body:) But cos of this i feel that i can’t do what i want. I am feeling weak and fatigue for the last 1 week when i am working out. My confidence levels are down and i feel like the world has fallen on me:( Please guide me whether to continue gymming.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Ruth. Neuropathy is a scary thing, I hope that there is a cure in our lifetime for it, not only diabetes. Give your husband my best, you will be in my thoughts.

  3. RUTH says:

    My husband has been Diabetic for about 16 years now. He is one of those who paid no attention to the disease until it was to late. He has neuropathy and it’s affecting him internally. He has gone from a muscular, active guy to weak, shakey and thin. He had an emergency double by-pass 14 months ago which advanced the autonomic neuropathy to the point that he now has LOW BLOOD PRESSURE which can drop so dangerously low so fast that he now officially classified as disabled.

    If you have Diabetes, please take care of yourself because this CAN happen to you!

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