Four Types of Diabetic Neuropathy
Almost half of all people with diabetes have neuropathies, or nerve damage. If you are one of the 19 million who have been diagnosed with diabetes, you probably know to eat healthy, exercise, monitor your blood sugar and take your diabetes medications. But that can be easier said than done.
Here’s extra motivation: monitoring your diabetes today could mean avoiding a painful nerve-damaged future.
The threat of neuropathy comes from the damage high blood sugar can produce throughout your body, including your nervous system. Neuropathy may be mild but it may lead to amputation or even be fatal. So it is essential you understand the types of neuropathy and take precautions to prevent this common complication from seriously complicating your life.
It is unclear exactly how high blood sugar damages nerves, but doctors are sure about its symptoms, which depend on which nerves are damaged. There are four types of diabetic neuropathy with ranging effects and symptoms.