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Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy

Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy

Having diabetes increases the risk for a number of health complications, such as neuropathy, which occurs when high blood sugar (glucose) damages the nerves that influence sensation and movement.

Neuropathy can strike at any time, and sometimes is the initial sign of high blood sugar. The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk of developing neuropathy.

Anyone with diabetes should work closely with a care provider to control your blood sugar and make the necessary changes to reduce your risk of health complications. Our team at Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can help you protect your health and live well with diabetes. By diligently following the right care plan, you can minimize the impact of diabetes. 

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Your body requires glucose to function properly, but high sugar levels in the blood are toxic to your nerves. Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage caused by high blood sugar. There are different types of neuropathy that can affect you.

Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is the type of nerve damage that impacts your feet, legs, hands, and arms. It affects up to half of adults who have diabetes.

Autonomic neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy is a type of damage to nerves that control your autonomic nervous system. This type of neuropathy can affect your heart rate, digestive system, blood pressure, and bladder.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy

Because your nerves carry sensory information, symptoms are typically sensory-related. Some of the most common symptoms are:

You may also experience different temperature sensations in affected areas.

Treating peripheral neuropathy

Controlling your blood sugar levels is the most important aspect of treating diabetic neuropathy.

Managing blood sugar

It's imperative to get your blood sugar under control, and we can recommend specific blood sugar goals and targets. Making the appropriate lifestyle changes to lower your blood sugar involves changing your diet to emphasize foods that are rich in protein and fiber and low in carbohydrates. 

Regular exercise is another lifestyle factor that helps you manage your blood sugar. Exercise increases the body's sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. If you're overweight, losing weight is another important aspect of controlling your blood sugar.

Medication

If you have nerve pain, our pain management physician, Michael Pylman, MD, may prescribe medication to help manage symptoms related to your neuropathy pain. Your particular care plan will depend on your specific symptoms. 

The Lynx Healthcare team works closely with you to help you keep your blood sugar in the target range to prevent further damage to the nerves and to reduce the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

Sometimes diet and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to bring your blood sugar into a healthy range. When this is the case, we may recommend medication to help control your blood sugar.

Living well with diabetes

A diabetes diagnosis means making important changes to protect your health. The Lynx Healthcare team performs a comprehensive evaluation and recommends an appropriate treatment plan to keep you well so that you have the best chance of living a long, healthy life. 

To get started, call our office at 505-356-4295 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members and schedule an appointment. We're dedicated to helping you achieve the best health possible.

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