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PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY AND DIABETES-ARE THEY LINKED?

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PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY AND DIABETES-ARE THEY LINKED?

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Having a aensation of weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands or feet or other body parts, are all symptoms that accompany a condition that results from nerve damage (Peripheral neuropathy).1

 

Since having high blood glucose levels causes nerve damage, it is very common that diabetic patients present with peripheral neuropathy. Other causes of nerve damage are traumatic injuries, infections and exposure to some toxins.1, 2 This condition can also be initiated by having vitamin B12 or folate deficits and some autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.2

Managing the underlying cause is the key to manage peripheral neuropathy. Also, leading healthy life like regular exercising and choosing healthy food choices might also help.1

References:

1-Peripheral neuropathy. MayoClinic. Available at https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20352061 Last accessed 4/7/2019.

 

2-Webberley,H. What is peripheral neuropathy?. Available at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/147963.php Last accessed 4/7/2019.