Archive for April 18th, 2013
Once a diagnosis of diabetes has been given, avoiding complications is a prime objective. Diabetic neuropathy is a group of complications that gets a lot of attention because it involves nerve damage and the limbs of the body.
People living with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. This damage can be silent, showing now signs, or it can cause pain, tingling, or numbness-loss of feeling-in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Nerve problems can occur in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart, and sex organs.
The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, explains symptoms can be mild at first. Because most nerve damage occurs over several years, mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time.
Symptoms of nerve damage include:
- Numbness, tingling, or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, and fingers
- Wasting of the muscles of the feet or hands
- Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Dizziness or faintness due to a drop in blood pressure after standing or sitting up
- Problems with urination
- Erectile dysfunction in men or vaginal dryness in women
- General body weakness
Diabetes Self-Management services, like those offered by Diabetes Management & Supplies, may help avoid complications like nerve damage and encourage good blood sugar control. The DMS Diabetes education program is accredited by American Association of Diabetes Educator’s Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP). This accreditation means that it meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management. Visit the DMS site or call 1-866-734-7164 to speak to the education team.
For more from the NDIC, visit Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes