The Diabetes-Neuropathy Connection Medical Treatment Offers New Hope!
August 02, 2017
By Scott B. O’Connor, DPM, FACFAS, Executive Director, Neurogenx NerveCenter of Normal
Although many things can cause neuropathy, diabetes is the single greatest culprit. According to a 2014 CDC report, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that approximately 50 percent of diabetics suffer from some type of nerve damage.
This means that nearly one in 20 Americans are struggling with diabetic neuropathy. That’s more than two times the number of people with Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis combined!
How does diabetes cause neuropathy? Extensive research suggests that diabetes causes body chemistry changes that physically damage blood vessels. The damaged blood vessels can no longer effectively carry oxygen and nutrients to the nerves or remove toxic waste products from them — causing damage to the nerves.
Specifically, diabetes can create high blood sugar levels, repeated spikes in blood sugar levels, abnormal blood fat levels, and low levels of insulin, all of which cause blood vessel damage that starves and poisons the nerves until they begin to malfunction or stop working altogether.
There are four main types of neuropathy — peripheral neuropathy is the most common complication of diabetes. This means damage to the peripheral nerves (the nerves located in your feet, hands, legs, and arms). It most often begins as tingling, burning, pain, and numbness in the feet and legs and can grow to affect the hands and arms as well.
Symptoms vary from mild discomfort to disabling pain. Neuropathy pain can prevent you from doing simple, everyday tasks, such as brushing your teeth or hair, and escalate to the point where it becomes impossible for you to walk or drive.
In addition to burning, tingling, and numbness, neuropathy often causes chronic pain, changes in skin sensitivity, muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, sleeplessness, loss of balance, and injuries that don’t heal. In addition, neuropathy is progressive — it gets continually worse over time.
Perhaps the most insidious thing about neuropathy is that it develops gradually and you may not notice problems until considerable nerve damage has already occurred. Many patients dismiss the early symptoms of tingling, numbness, and mild pain as part of the aging process or the onset of arthritis. It’s important to check with your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms in order to appropriately diagnose your condition and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Diabetic neuropathy has traditionally been difficult to treat and patients often go without relief for the painful symptoms or must cope with the side effects of serious prescription medication in order to make the condition tolerable. A revolutionary medical treatment called Neurogenx changes all that. The treatment is non-surgical and non-narcotic and provides excellent long-term results, eliminating or significantly reducing neuropathy symptoms in more than four out of five patients. Regardless of your age or how long you’ve struggled with neuropathy, Neurogenx can improve your condition. In addition, independent laboratory test results confirm that the Neurogenx treatment actually helps re-grow nerve fibers.
If you’d like to learn more about the Neurogenx treatment and find out if it’s the right treatment for your diabetic neuropathy, please contact the Neurogenx NerveCenter of Normal at 309-807-4101. When calling, please use code # NOR-033 to arrange a free consultation.
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