Due to damage to the nerves in diabetes, there are problems like tingling, pricking and numbness in the hands and feet. This is called diabetic neuropathy. This is one of the most common diabetes problems caused by the increase in blood sugar level in the body.
What is Diabetic Neuropathy?
The name ‘diabetic neuropathy’ is used only for the troubles of the nerve attached to diabetes (nerve in the body is the fiber through which signals from one place to another in the body). Diabetic neuropathy occurs in many ways according to the affected part of the body.
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Sensory neuropathy
- Automatic Neuropathy
- Focal Neuropathy
In this article, we will talk about peripheral neuropathy in detail.
Peripheral neuropathy damages the nerves around the hands and feet. Because of this, the affected person has to go through problems like tingling, pain and numbness in the arms and legs.
Its symptoms first affect the hands and feet and gradually spread throughout the body. This sensation also occurs while wearing stockings or glove. That is why doctors also call it stocking-glove pattern. Some people are also very sensitive to touch.
If this is not taken care of, the affected nerves can become worse in the next (10 or 20 years). Apart from this, a person may feel these symptoms:
- Weakness and dizziness
- Weight loss, because muscle weight decreases.
- Loss of balance
- Digestion problem
- Problems with sexual activity
- Foot ulcers
These symptoms grow very slowly, so until they become very severe or complicated, they are not recognized.
In India, 10.5% to 32.2% of people affected by diabetes already have peripheral neuropathy. At the same time, about 50% people have this problem during diabetes.
Who is at risk of peripheral neuropathy?
Anyone with diabetes can have peripheral neuropathy. However, in these circumstances mentioned below, the risk of its growth is high. If you-
- Are over 55 years old.
- Have been affected by diabetes for a long time.
- Blood sugar is not able to be controlled.
- There is high blood pressure.
- Weight is too much.
Who has peripheral neuropathy?
Researchers have not been able to ascertain the exact cause of peripheral neuropathy. However, there is no doubt that it is due to high blood sugar level. Recent research suggests that in addition to high blood sugar levels, metabolic disorder, changes in blood vessels (blood vessels) can also be caused by high blood pressure. In addition, peripheral neuropathy can also occur due to high fat around the waist and high cholesterol level.
Increasing the amount of sugar in the blood causes damage to the blood vessels, which affects the supply of blood from nerve cells to other parts of the body. Due to this, oxygen is not supplied in the nerve cells, causing damage which cannot be corrected.
Peripheral neuropathy care
Sadly, there is no cure for diabetic neuropathy. Doctors give medicines like pain relievers and anti-depressants to reduce its symptoms.
- Controlling blood sugar levels is the best way to protect nerves from damage.
These tips help to overcome the problem.
Exercise as much as possible – Exercise not only relieves pain, but also improves mood. Things like walking, gardening, doing household chores and doing light-hearted activities are included in the exercises.
Take care every evening, gently clean your feet, dry them and apply moisturizer. Check for blisters, bruises and wounds on the feet regularly. If there are any wounds on the feet and it is late to heal, then go to the doctor without delay.
Avoid smoking – If you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy then smoking can be dangerous for you because it increases the troubles of the feet. Apart from this, pain also increases with smoking.
Buy a pair of good shoes. Your shoes should be comfortable. Do not wear high-heeled shoes.
It is also necessary to adopt healthy eating to control blood sugar level:
- Eat less sweet and oily ghee.
- Eat in small amounts but at a time difference, eat at least five times a day.
- Eat more and more fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid fruit juice because it contains less fiber and more sugar.
- Eating small amounts of fresh fruits like berries, oranges and apples is beneficial.
- Avoid high carbohydrate vegetables like potatoes and corn. Include fiber-rich spinach, vegetables like green salad. But yes, eat all vegetables in limited quantity.
- Eat whole grain foods.
- Avoid processed things like chips and biscuits as much as possible.
- Doctors also recommend some therapy to prevent peripheral neuropathy.
Physiotherapy also helps a lot in relieving neuropathic pain. You can consult your doctor about this.
Apart from this, some yogasanas also help in increasing blood circulation in the legs. If you do not have yoga experience, you can take advice from a certified yoga instructor (yoga trainer). Yoga not only relieves pain, but it also helps to keep you active. This also reduces stress, which makes you more aware of your health.
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