Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic Neuropathy
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UNDERSTANDING DIABETIC NEUROPATHY

Individuals with diabetes may progressively experience nerve damage throughout the body. This condition, known as neuropathy, can result in numbness, pain, and weakness in the feet, hands, arms, and legs. Additionally, it can affect other areas including the digestive system, heart, and reproductive organs, leading to issues like erectile dysfunction (ED) or vaginal dryness.

PREVALENCE IN DIABETIC INDIVIDUALS

Nerve complications can arise at any point in individuals with diabetes. The risk increases with the duration of the diabetes. Approximately half of those with diabetes are estimated to suffer from some form of neuropathy, although not everyone with neuropathy shows symptoms. The likelihood is highest in those who have been diabetic for 25 years or more.

RISK FACTORS

Diabetic neuropathy tends to be more prevalent in individuals who struggle to control their blood sugar levels, as well as those with high blood fat, high blood pressure, obesity, and people older than 40 years. Peripheral neuropathy, also known as distal symmetrical neuropathy, is the most common type, affecting the arms and legs.

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