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On Pins and Needles

Posted on April 15, 2019

Diabetes. It’s a disease that just affects the pancreas, right? If only that were the case! Diabetes can affect every part of the body, from the pancreas to the eyes to the teeth. It can also affect the nerves of the lower extremities and cause a painful condition known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Some individuals living with the pain of diabetic neuropathy have seen improvements in their condition through personal cell therapy treatments. Park Avenue Stem Cell offers patients personal cell therapy for a wide range of health conditions.

How Does Diabetes Cause Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetes is a disease that develops when the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin is impaired. When insulin levels go unchecked, the body cannot properly metabolize carbohydrates, which translates to high levels of glucose in the blood and urine. When glucose levels are rampant, you are at risk of organ, tissue and nerve damage.

When your peripheral nerves – the nerves in your extremities – are damaged, diabetic neuropathy develops. The condition typically begins in the lower extremities first, particularly in the nerves of the legs, feet and toes.

What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy?

In most cases, diabetic peripheral neuropathy begins as a tingling feeling, often described as pins and needles. Some individuals also report feeling a burning or sharp stabbing pain as their condition worsens. Other effects of the disease include acute, stabbing pain and extreme sensitivity to touch or changes in temperature.

As diabetic neuropathy worsens, it can leave sufferers with numb feet and lower legs. This can make walking difficult. It can also put patients at risk of infection and potential amputation.

That Sounds Serious …

If it sounds dangerous, that’s because it is. When the nerves of the feet or legs become damaged, it can make you not feel wounds like cuts or sores. If you can’t feel injuries, you can’t treat them. This leaves you at risk of infection.

Another thing to remember is that diabetes can delay healing, which means the sores and cuts and other wounds you can’t feel stay open longer. Again, this leaves you at risk of infection.

If you do not notice the infection (and you can’t feel it), affected tissue could die and leave you at risk of gangrene and amputation.

How to Manage Diabetic Neuropathy?

Currently, there is no cure for diabetic neuropathy or diabetes. The best way to manage diabetic neuropathy is to manage your diabetes and keep your blood sugar in check. We also suggest that you check your feet regularly for cuts, sores, scrapes and blisters.

In addition to these steps, we suggest that you:

Stop smoking. Smoking slows down your blood flow, blocking nerves from getting nutrients from blood and oxygen. 

Exercise. Moving helps to keep your blood pumping and tissues healthy. 

Watch your weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can help your body control blood sugar and help to prevent the development of diabetic neuropathy.

Learn more about diabetic neuropathy and how personal cell therapy may help. Call Park Avenue Stem Cell today at 917-746-7908 to find out how personal cells may help relieve your pain, tingling and discomfort caused by diabetic neuropathy.

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