Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes, affecting millions worldwide. It can lead to pain, numbness, and even serious mobility issues. However, it doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of diabetes. With the right preventive measures, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing this condition. Let’s explore the latest strategies and lifestyle changes you can adopt today to protect your nerve health and maintain a better quality of life.

Types of Diabetic Neuropathy

Each day, over 5,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Even more startling, that same study notes that every 24 hours 238 people with diabetes undergo amputations, often the result of damage caused by neuropathy.
There are different types of diabetic neuropathy and each type affects different nerves and presents with distinct symptoms. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Peripheral neuropathy: Affects nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, particularly in the feet and hands
  • Sensory neuropathy: Affects nerves that control how things feel, smell, and look, mainly in the feet and legs
  • Autonomic neuropathy: Affects nerves that carry information to organs and glands, which can cause digestive or bladder problems, altered heart rate, dizziness, abnormal sweating, or altered sexual function
  • Focal neuropathy: Affects one nerve at a time.

4 Methods to Reduce the Risk of Developing Diabetic Neuropathy

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been managing diabetes for years, it’s imperative you manage the long-term complications of diabetes. Let’s dive into the science-backed methods to prevent diabetic neuropathy and ensure a healthier future.

  1. Maintain Optimal Blood Sugar Levels: While there’s no cure for diabetic neuropathy, managing blood sugar levels through a combination of medication, lifestyle changes, and regular exercise can help slow its progression and alleviate symptoms.
  2. Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle: All diabetics should work to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and quit smoking. In addition, excessive alcohol consumption has been known to exacerbate neuropathy in diabetics, so watch your alcohol intake.
  3. Get Regular Medical Check-Ups: Diabetes is a chronic condition and requires a true partnership with your healthcare provider to manage it successfully. Work with your doctor to screen for early signs of neuropathy. In addition, be sure to invest in foot care, checking your feet daily for cuts, blisters, and any signs of infection.
  4. Prevention with Neurogenx: Neurogenx is a cutting-edge treatment option that utilizes electronic signals to stimulate nerves and promote healing. It helps improve blood flow, reduces inflammation, and restores sensation, offering a non-invasive approach to managing diabetic neuropathy.

Neurogenx: A Breakthrough Treatment

If you’re living with the pain of neuropathy, there’s hope. Adding Neurogenx therapy to your diabetes management plan can prevent or mitigate those debilitating symptoms, giving you a chance to reclaim a better quality of life.
Watch this video from Dr. Marciello and Dr. Gallagher to learn more about Neurogenx and why it’s an exciting innovation in diabetes management.

When it Comes to Diabetic Neuropathy, Prevention is Key.

By integrating these preventative practices into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing diabetic neuropathy and improve your overall quality of life. And remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you need help maintaining a healthy weight or want to learn more about getting Neurogenx treatments at our office, Margal Medical is here to help. Book an appointment online or call our office at 978-537-0555.