Dr. Jeffrey Glaser discusses diabetes & neuropathy, including its causes, symptoms, and preventative measures.
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Diabetes and neuropathy: What is it? Dr. Jeffery Glaser: Typically, I mean neuropathy is conditions were you lose feeling or sensation. Diabetes as we know is a condition was there is increased blood sugars and with increased blood sugars it affects the nerve and it causes nerve damage. We don't know the exact cause of the nerve damage of the mechanism that's under in terms of research, but it typically affects the performers mainly of the hands and the feet. What causes neuropathy? Dr. Jeffery Glaser: The most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes, is at the most common cause is alcohol we use in the third most common causes nutrient deficiency and there is a whole other slue of conditions that can cause neuropathy. What are the symptoms of neuropathy? Dr. Jeffery Glaser: The symptoms of patients typically experienced with diabetic neuropathy or numbness tingling and burning, stinging sensation that usually starts in the toes which will progress to them all the foot possibly it will include below the knee area also they'll developed numbness continuing in their hands as well. So we remedy a stocking in glove distribution, so those are the typical symptoms. Why do some diabetes develops neuropathy and other don't? Dr. Jeffery Glaser: Depends on typically how sever their diabetes condition is typically the patients that have a hemoglobin A1C or a test of the blood sugar over three month period of time greater than 7.0 have a 50% increase chance of nerve damages so therefore anyone that has a uncontrolled blood sugars will typically have more occurrences of the neuropathy symptoms or neuropathy. What can I do to prevent neuropathy? Dr. Jeffery Glaser: Prevent neuropathy by controlling their blood sugars and attempting the target or keep the blood sugars under a certain level mean a hemoglobin A1C less than 7.0 will decrease the chances of the developing neuropathy 50% of the time.