Peripheral Neuropathy is often a painful and debilitating condition that is a result of damage to the peripheral nervous system, which is a complex system of nerves that connects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to the rest of the body. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 20 million Americans suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy, and an astounding 13.8 million of them (68%) are diabetics (hhs.gov, 2012). Additionally, the American Diabetes Association has indicated that “86 million people with pre-diabetes are at risk of developing DPN” (diabetes.org, 2012).
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a group of nerve disorders that are directly caused by issues from diabetes. Although symptoms will vary between patients, the most common symptoms will affect sensory, motor, and autonomic nervous systems. For instance, sharp pain and numbness in the feet, legs, hands, and arms are associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and other symptoms such as dizziness from a drop in blood pressure, weakness, and loss of balance and coordination may also develop as symptoms associated with DPN. Treatment of these symptoms begin with proper management of diabetes, which also plays a crucial role in treating diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Mismanaged DPN is the main cause for severe side-effects including limb amputations. That is why it is so important to maintain a well-balanced diet, stable blood-sugar levels, and regular treatment for your diabetic peripheral neuropathy.