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Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 04/13/2014 21:59:34 From: 69.207.163.18
Hi Sherry,

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC):
Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as 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.

About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathies also appear to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, as well as those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure and those who are overweight.

Please see the following link to the NDIC for more information about diabetic neuropathy: http://1.usa.gov/1fXauVK
Sherry

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 04/13/2014 15:51:46 From: 24.97.198.20
Hi Joy,

I have a couple questions regarding neuropathy. Is there a particular length of time of high blood sugar that causes nerve damage? You mentioned there could be some improvement is blood sugar is controlled. Are there specific areas of the body that seemed to be more sensitive to high blood sugar and the nerve damage doesn’t improve. For example hands versus feet?
Joy at Unity

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 01/15/2014 08:34:44 From: 199.248.225.250
Hi rosemary n armando,
Neuropathy or nerve damage can develop in people with diabetes. Neuropathy can affect many areas of the body including the bladder, bowels, and other organs. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning or aching mainly in the feet, lower legs and hands. It can also cause a loss of feeling. A person with nerve damage may not feelt the pain of a sore. It may also cause sexual dysfunction. The best way to prevent neuropathy is to keep your blood sugars in good control. If damage occurs, controlling your blood sugar may improve the function of damaged nerves. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy please contact your doctor to discuss; when addressed early you have a better chance of reversing and/or preventing further nerve damange.
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Post to the Thread      Posted on 01/14/2014 16:06:48 From: 99.106.110.159
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