Managing your blood sugar when you have Diabetes is essential. If your blood sugar levels are elevated for a long period of time, it can lead to a nerve-damaging condition known as Diabetic Neuropathy.
Currently, there is no cure for Diabetic Neuropathy. However, with the right treatment, it may be possible to reverse the condition.
What is Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic Neuropathy is nerve damage caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels. There are different types of the condition which include:
- Autonomic neuropathy
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Proximal neuropathy
Autonomic neuropathy relates to damage of the nerves that control the organs. Peripheral neuropathy mostly affects the nerves of the legs and feet. Proximal neuropathy causes weakness in the thighs, buttocks, hips, and shoulders, and Mononeuropathy relates to damage of a single nerve.
Symptoms include shooting or burning sensations, heightened pain sensitivity, tingling, weakness or numbness, and foot or leg sores that are slow to heal.
When damage to the nerves occurs, it can lead to serious issues for those living with Diabetes. The risk of developing the condition increases with excessive drinking and smoking.
Preventing Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic Neuropathy can be successfully prevented by managing blood sugar levels. You should also get your cholesterol and blood pressure under control to reduce the risk. Some of the best ways to lower the risk include:
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a healthy nutrient-packed diet
- Limiting your alcohol intake
- Undergoing regular appointments with your healthcare provider
Can it be reversed?
With the right intervention, Diabetic Neuropathy can be reversed.
Dr Stoilova has established and affirmed the first UK Diabetic Polyneuropathy Pain Clinic in conjunction with the Wound Healing Institute and Secondary Diabetes Care for her NHS Trust. She has helped hundreds of patients with Diabetic Neuropathy and her extensive expertise shows that the condition can be halted and reversed.
Together with her team, Dr Stoilova has helped many patients to avoid amputations, and she is the recipient of several awards by her patients.
It is important to note that reversal of the condition can take some time. However, patients will feel the benefit as soon as they start treatment.
What treatments are available?
Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy work to manage blood sugar levels. The symptoms can be managed with regular exercise, a healthy diet, Diabetic medications, and pain medications.
Dr Stoilova will go the extra mile to expertly diagnose the type of neuropathy and guide her patients to a better quality of life. She arranges annual seminars for patients and health professionals, and you can be a participant in those.
Education, practical help with medications, and life solutions, as well as getting together with and meeting other people that have neuropathy has been of invaluable help to patients and their treatment teams alike.
If you suspect you may have Diabetic Neuropathy, or you are worried about your risk of developing the condition, book an appointment with Dr Stoilova today.