What is Diabetic neuropathy?
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UNDERSTANDING diabetic neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy is a chronic condition that develops as a result of long-term diabetes and affects the nerves in various parts of the body. It is a type of nerve damage that occurs due to prolonged exposure to high blood sugar levels and metabolic imbalances associated with diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can affect different types of nerves, including sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves, leading to a range of symptoms and complications.
Diabetic neuropathy can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, affecting their mobility, sleep, and overall well-being. Managing diabetic neuropathy involves comprehensive diabetes care to control blood sugar levels, as well as adopting a holistic approach to address the symptoms and complications.
SYMPTOMS of diabetic neuropathy
If you have diabetic neuropathy, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the hands, feet, or legs.
- Loss of sensation or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes.
- Muscle weakness or loss of coordination.
- Difficulty walking or balancing.
- Digestive issues, such as nausea, vomiting, or bloating.
- Abnormal blood pressure or heart rate.
- Diarrhea or constipation.