Diabetic Neuropathy - Treatment Overview
Good control of diabetes over time
is the key to treating diabetic neuropathy. There is no cure for neuropathy, but keeping your blood sugar within a target range can reduce symptoms and prevent them from getting worse.
To help control your diabetes, eat food that is
good for you and exercise. Controlling diabetes means maintaining blood sugar
levels (A1c) within the target range. This
will do more than anything else to help prevent diabetic neuropathy from
Initial and ongoing treatment
diabetic neuropathy depends on your symptoms and the
type of neuropathy that you have. In general, treatment focuses on reducing
current symptoms and preventing the condition from getting worse by keeping
your blood sugar level within your
target range. You can keep your blood sugar levels within the target range by taking
insulin or oral diabetes medicine as prescribed,
checking your blood sugar levels, following your diet for diabetes, exercising,
and seeing your doctor regularly.
Also, it is important to properly care for your feet when you have
diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy may cause a loss of feeling in your
feet. It is possible for a sore or
other foot problem to go unnoticed. Without proper foot care, an untreated
foot sore can lead to a serious infection or possibly amputation.
- Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet
It is also wise to maintain healthy habits such as
seeing your doctor regularly, controlling your blood pressure, eating a
balanced diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, and limiting or avoiding
alcohol. Further treatment depends on the specific type of diabetic
neuropathy that you have along with your current symptoms.
peripheral neuropathy have mild to severe pain in
specific parts of their bodies. Talk with your doctor about treatment that can
reduce your pain and improve your physical functioning, mood, and mental
well-being. Some people find these treatments helpful: