Let’s talk about the number #1 cause of Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) – Diabetes
If you have diabetes, you are at risk.
Diabetes is the number one cause of Peripheral Neuropathy. Approximately 60% of people who have Diabetes will develop some form of Peripheral Neuropathy, so if you have diabetes, you have a strong chance of having peripheral neuropathy as well.
Diabetic neuropathy has several factors that contribute to the disorder. For instance, diabetics suffer from having high levels of blood glucose that they have to fight to control. These high glucose levels cause chemical changes in their nerves which impairs their nerves’ ability to transmit signals.
What we are looking for with blood sugar levels is how thick your blood is, if left out of control or higher than normal your body struggles to push blood to your feet and hands. These high glucose levels also have the potential to damage their blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to their nerves. This is like a time bomb. Once their nerves are damaged, signals either stop being sent through their body, or the incorrect signals are sent. Then they have symptoms. The damage has already started by the time they have symptoms.
Symptoms to look out for in Diabetics:
- Poor circulation – this can increase the amount of damage in your nerves over time
- Discoloration in the lower legs and feet – purple or dark red coloration can begin to appear in the feet
- Poor toenail health – Diabetics are at higher risks for developing toenail irritation and disconnection
- Slower Wound healing + Neuropathy – because the nerves in your feet are damaged, they have a harder time transmitting vital healing messages to the area
Neuropathy is a painful and progressive disease. The best thing you can do is to have your condition evaluated by a specialist as soon as possible. Time can be your friend or your enemy in these cases, so act fast.