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The Link between Diabetes and Neuropathy

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Diabetes If there’s one thing diabetes is unfortunately good at, it’s networking with other diseases and conditions. The effects of the disease can open the way for more problems to settle in, which can lead to even more and worse problems! When it comes to your feet, neuropathy (nerve damage) is one such guest you don’t want diabetes bringing to the party.

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 50 percent of people who have the disease will experience some form of nerve damage. The longer one lives with the disease, the higher the chances this damage will occur.

How does diabetes encourage neuropathy, then? The high amount of blood sugar in diabetic blood is believed to interfere with the nerves as they try to transmit signals. Think of it kind of like flooding the airwaves with sweet static. That’s not all, however. The sugar can also weaken the walls of the smallest vessels, or capillaries, that bring oxygen and nutrients to the nerve cells. Combine this with the poor circulation that is often seen in diabetics as well, and it is essentially starving the nerve cells to death.

If you have developed peripheral neuropathy, part of an effective treatment will include managing your blood sugar or helping to make sure it never spirals out of control in the first place. The doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute can help you not only manage nerve pain and neuropathy symptoms, but also offer lifestyle advice on keeping them in check. Schedule a consultation with us by calling (760) 951-2000 for Victorville or (949) 833-3406 for Irvine. You can also reach us toll-free at (888) 796-6631.

Dr. Michael L. Goddard, D.P.M
Dr. Michael Goddard is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at California Foot & Ankle Institute in Irvine, CA.
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