There is a close connection between peripheral neuropathy and diabetes. It’s important to understand this relationship to take proper steps to protect your health and wellbeing. This starts with asking the right questions. Here’s the FAQ and what you need to know.
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a condition that involves having a blood sugar level that is higher than normal. However, this level is not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. If changes are not made to correct this blood sugar level, it is likely that a person with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes including a healthier diet and more exercise can prevent this progression.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs as a result of peripheral nerve damage (the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord). It can cause symptoms including pain or numbness in the hands and feet, burning or freezing sensations in the hands and feet, balance issues, abnormal blood pressure and difficulty with movement.
Peripheral neuropathy and diabetes are linked because diabetes can cause damage to the nerves, which can result in neuropathy. In fact, diabetes is a common cause of this condition. Other causes include infection, injury, exposure to toxins, poor nutrition, medications and hereditary disorders.
How are peripheral neuropathy and diabetes related?
While prediabetes may not result in peripheral neuropathy, it may increase the risk of the occurrence of symptoms. If lifestyle changes are not made, it is likely that a person will progress from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes, which often causes peripheral neuropathy.
What can I do to prevent peripheral neuropathy and diabetes?
If you are diagnosed with prediabetes, it is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations for lifestyle changes that can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. These changes typically involve alterations to your diet to reduce sugary foods and increase the intake of nutritious meals and snacks. It may also involve an increase in activity level, to improve circulation, improve cardiovascular health and promote weight loss.
What should I do if I’m experiencing peripheral neuropathy and diabetes?
If you suspect you are prediabetic or if you are struggling with peripheral neuropathy and diabetes, consult with a chiropractic neurologist to determine appropriate treatment for your symptoms. This doctor can offer expert insight and appropriate next steps to help you manage your neuropathy. Look for an experience professional with a proven track record of success.
Get more answers
If you have more questions about prediabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diabetes, or would like to learn about treatment options for neuropathy, contact Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology. Dr. Richard Hiler is a board-certified chiropractic neurologist who has been helping patients achieve their best health since 2001. As a chiropractic neurologist, he is equipped to diagnose and treat peripheral nerve problems as well as balance and vertigo/dizziness conditions. Dr. Hiler also has specialty training in orthopedic rehabilitation and is skilled in treating conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle and foot. For expert answers and professional treatment, contact Dr. Hiler today at 239-330-1000.