Learn more about diabetic neuropathy from local Minnesota diabetes expert, Dr. Stephanie Redmond. She is a pharmacist clinician, diabetes educator from a practice in Waconia, MN and national diabetes speaker that specializes in helping patients control and reverse diabetes with as little medications as possible.
WHAT IS DIABETIC NEUROPATHY?
Up to 80% of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy (or nerve damage). Unfortunately, the risk of experiencing neuropathy increases the longer you have had diabetes. Many people report significant pain which can feel like burning, shooting pains, tingling, numbness, and increased sensitivity with touch. Even bed sheets lightly brushing against your skin can feel painful!
WHAT CAUSES DIABETIC NEUROPATHY?
Neuropathy is often caused from having high blood sugars for a long period of time. Some people have constant pain while others only notice symptoms flare up when their blood sugars are elevated. Inflammation, poor circulation, and deficiencies in Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D are common sources of damage and tend to be more frequent in people who have diabetes.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can be more common in people who take Metformin. If you take this medication, it is especially important to supplement with Vitamin B12 to promote healthy B12 levels for energy and nerve health!
WHAT CAN I DO TO FIX THIS?
In order for nerves to heal and to prevent future damage, it is critical to fix the underlying causes of neuropathy and give nerves the nutritional support they need. A number of studies have shown that diabetic nerve pain can improve through supplementation with certain vitamins and antioxidants. Additionally, good blood sugar control is essential to allow for repair. If you are struggling with high blood sugars – this can continue to cause damage to the nerves, regardless of any medication or supplement you are taking. Work closely with your healthcare provider or, if needed, an endocrinologist on a plan for your diabetes.
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