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How Does Diabetes Damage the Nerves?

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re already aware that managing your blood sugar is an essential part of taking care of your health. Not only does this help with your day-to-day functioning, but also it prevents serious health problems down the line. Unfortunately, once you have diabetes, nerve damage will always be a potential complication. 

High blood sugar can cause nerve damage because it stops essential nutrients from reaching the nerves. The nerves carry chemical messengers to and from the brain. When these nerves are damaged by high blood sugar, the messages cannot be sent properly, leading to numbness, tingling, burning and discomfort. 

Let’s learn more about diabetic neuropathy, how it happens and the ways to treat it. 

What is Diabetic Neuropathy? 

Diabetic neuropathy is when diabetes causes damage to your nerves. It can affect all different nerves in the body, which is why it can be very serious. You rely on your nerves to carry signals to parts of the body like the feet, organs, muscles and heart. 

There are four different types of diabetic neuropathy: 

  • Peripheral nerve damage. This type of nerve damage affects your hands, feet, legs and arms. It’s the most common type of nerve damage for people with diabetes and it causes symptoms like pain, numbness or a ‘pins and needles’ feeling.
  • Proximal nerve damage. Proximal nerve damage affects the thighs, hips, buttocks or legs. You may experience severe pain in these areas or have trouble getting up from a sitting position. 
  • Focal nerve damage. With this type of nerve damage, you will experience nerve pain or weakness in your hands, head, torso or leg. Symptoms include numbness and tingling, weakness and trouble focusing your vision. 
  • Autonomic nerve damage. Autonomic nerve damage affects your heart, bladder, stomach, intestines and eyes. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and bladder or bowel problems.

Tips for Preventing Nerve Damage from Diabetes 

To prevent nerve damage from affecting you, it’s crucial that you maintain your blood sugar levels. Other ways to prevent nerve damage include maintaining a good blood pressure, getting plenty of physical activity, eating a healthy diet and losing weight if you’re overweight. Also make sure that you are taking your medications on time and avoiding smoking and alcohol. 

Unfortunately, nerve damage is hard to reverse. Because there is no cure for diabetic neuropathy, prevention is the best strategy. Your doctor may also recommend some medications to help control the nerve damage and keep you healthy. 

Treat Diabetic Nerve Pain Today! 

Neuro Health has a line of products that naturally treat peripheral neuropathy. Our products use safe, all-natural ingredients like turmeric, Vitamins B6 and E and arnica. All products are guaranteed to work or your money back! 

Choose from our Neuropathy Support Formula that is taken as a supplement, or our Miracle Nerve Cream that can be applied to the affected areas. There is absolutely no risk, so see if our blend of ingredients can help get you out of pain! 

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