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Holly Barth Dr. Barth
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Can diabetic peripheral neuropathy be reversed?

Holly Barth Dr. Barth
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Can diabetic peripheral neuropathy be reversed?

Some: Usually by getting a diabetic person's sugars tightly controlled, some of the neuropathy will be reversed. However, severe nerve damage is a permanent problem. Dr kurzweil review: there is no question that well-controlled diabetes helps prevent progression of the complications. I'm not aware of evidence that actual pathological changes in peripheral nerves can be reversed. ...Read more

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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Could diabetic neuropathy be reversed?

Could diabetic neuropathy be reversed?

Great question!!: You have entered into the frontiers of medicine, and briefly, we do have a prescription medical food, metanx, which has been biopsy proven to restore density of small fiber loss in diabetes. There is also some data to suggest better outcomes with very strict blood sugar control.. In europe, there are a few drugs which seem to offer further promise, but not yet on usa market. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

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Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

Diabetic neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure. Fortunately, there are treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatment mainly focuses on slowing progression of the disease, relieving pain, and restoring function. ...Read more

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Can diabetic retinopathy be cured?

Can diabetic retinopathy be cured?

No cure yet: Diabetic retinopathy cannot be cured but can be effectively treated and in the last 10 years the treatments have improved dramatically with new surgical instruments for the small percentage that require surgery and several new medications that can improve macular edema (swelling of the retina) and control bleeding. But there's no substitute for good sugar and BP control to slow progression. ...Read more

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Can prediabetes be reversed?

Can prediabetes be reversed?

Yes: The diabetes prevention program (dpp- please look at their website for information) has shown that through proper diet and exercise (5-7% weight loss, 30 min of moderate activity 5 days per week) can prevent progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. I have seen many patients able to bring their blood sugar from prediabetic range back to normal with proper diet/exercise routine. ...Read more

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Can peripheral neuropathy be cured?

Can peripheral neuropathy be cured?

No: A true peripheral neuropathy, once it develops, can not be cured. Other conditions such as nerve entrapment may mimic symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and can be corrected. ...Read more

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Can anything be done to reverse diabetic neuropathy?

Can anything be done  to reverse diabetic neuropathy?

Some times: If you are treating a particular nutritional deficiency, metanx may be of benefit. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Can neuropathy from a B12 deficiency be reversed?

Depends: This depends on the severity and length of time you have had the deficiency. If it was caught and corrected very early, then yes, it should improve. The longer you have the deficiency and the more damage done, the less likely it will improve. Nerves grow extremely slow and the repair can occur over such a long time you barely notice it happening. I how this answer helps! ...Read more

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Diabetic neuropaty can be curred totally?

Three types: There are actually three types of neuropathy. Sensory means that the nerves that provide sensation misfunction leading to lightening bolt, burning, or complete loss of pain and feeling. Motor neuropathy means problems with function usually in the lower extremities and autonomic neuropathy affects skin tone, oil secretion and blood flow. Each of these separately or combined can mean big problems. ...Read more

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Background diabetic retinopathy, can this be reversed?

Background diabetic retinopathy, can this be reversed?

Daibetic retinopathy: Retinopathy (r) is seen in diabetic patients. It's an example of microangiopathy (m) in diabetes. M is affected not only by glucose control, it is affected more by BP as you can see in the slide. Good control of both BP and glucose levels are keys to the prevention of r. As seen in the image, BP control more importan.T for your answer about r in a particular patient, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Diabetic with ED can it be reversed?

Diabetic with ED can it be reversed?

Depends: It depends on the cause for the ed. If due to a vascular or anatomical problems, probably not. If due to obesity, malnutrition, stress...Ed might improve when those aspects improved. ...Read more

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Can diabetes be cured/controlled?

Can diabetes be cured/controlled?

Controlled not cured: Diabetes leads to the inexerale loss of the Insulin producing beta cells. Even the "surgical cure" of a roux-en-y in morbid obesity will not permanently cure. We have no drugs to reverse the continued loss of beta cells in the pancreas. ...Read more

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Can foot neuropathy from diabetes be cured with weight loss?

Can foot neuropathy from diabetes be cured with weight loss?

Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy occur even if blood sugars are managed?

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Can diabetic neuropathy occur even if blood sugars are managed?

Diabetic neuropathy: Yes, diabetic neuropathy can happen with managed blood sugar. However, the incident is less and so is the severity. ...Read more

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Can pre diabetics be reversed? How?

Can pre diabetics be reversed? How?

Yes: The diabetes prevention program (dpp- please look at their website for information) has shown that through proper diet and exercise (5-7% weight loss, 30 min of moderate activity 5 days per week) can prevent progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. I have seen many patients able to bring their blood sugar from prediabetic range back to normal with proper diet/exercise routine. ...Read more

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Can diabetes be cured?

Can diabetes be cured?

Usually not: The pancreas gland makes insulin, which is required because insulin makes blood sugar go into cells (blood sugar is the fuel for cells). In Type 2 diabetes, a person eats too much and puts lots of sugar into his blood daily. As time goes by, he overworks his pancreas by demanding lots of insulin from the gland. If he stops his bad habits early in Type 2 diabetes, his pancreas might not "burn out." ...Read more

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How can diabetic retinopathy be prevented?

How can diabetic retinopathy be prevented?

Blood sugar control.: When the blood sugar is elevated for an extended period of time, particularly if coupled with high blood pressure, it damages blood vessels throughout the body. In the eye this blood vessel damage can lead to decreased blood flow as well as swelling and bleeding in the retina or the vitreous cavity. ...Read more

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Could diabetic neuropathy happen if blood sugars are managed?

Yes, but less often: Add regular low impact cardio exercise to further decrease chances of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy (dpn). ...Read more

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Hi Can diabetic neuropathy be reversed. Is there any latest treatment or medicine that can help in neuropathy! ?

Hi Can diabetic neuropathy be reversed. Is there any latest treatment or medicine that can help in neuropathy! ?

Neuropathy: Management of neuropathy improves over time and you should always follow the advice of your Neurologist. How is your diabetes going? What blood glucose values are you getting, what meds are you taking, and how good are the results? Please let me know. ...Read more

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Can diabetic peripheral neuropathy be reversed?

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Some: Usually by getting a diabetic person's sugars tightly controlled, some of the neuropathy will be reversed. However, severe nerve damage is a permanent problem. Dr kurzweil review: there is no question that well-controlled diabetes helps prevent progression of the complications. I'm not aware of evidence that actual pathological changes in peripheral nerves can be reversed. ...Read more

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Could diabetic neuropathy be reversed?

Great question!!: You have entered into the frontiers of medicine, and briefly, we do have a prescription medical food, metanx, which has been biopsy proven to restore density of small fiber loss in diabetes. There is also some data to suggest better outcomes with very strict blood sugar control.. In europe, there are a few drugs which seem to offer further promise, but not yet on usa market. ...Read more

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Hello, i'd like to know some healthy pain reducers for Diabetic Neuropathy that is available in Canada. This information is for my mom. Thanks! -Brae?

Neuropathic pain: responds to Gabapentin. It should be gradually titrated so as to not cause over sedation. It is relatively inexpensive and has virtually no drug drug interactions. Lyrica (pregabalin) also works but is more expensive and has a ceiling of dose in women especially if kidney function is impaired from diabetes. There is a once a day form (Gralise) that can be used if taking medication 3 times a day is a problem. ...Read more

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What is diabetic neuropathy?

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Foot ulceration: Diabetics have loss of protective sensation to their feet. This occurs because excess glucose in the blood causes pathological changes to the nerves. Poor sensation can lead to the development of sores or ulcers. Diabetic also have poor blood supply to their feet so it is difficult to heal the ulcers. The ulcers can get infected and cause gangrene of the foot. ...Read more

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What exactly is diabetic neuropathy?

What exactly is diabetic neuropathy?

Sensory, motor, Auto: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. Motor neuropathy causes gait instability and deformities of the feet. Lastly autonomic neuropathy effects include stomach emptying and erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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What is the "nerve damage" in diabetic neuropathy?

What is the "nerve damage" in diabetic neuropathy?

Many facets: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Motor neuropathy causes gait instability and deformities of the feet. Lastly autonomic neuropathy effects include stomach emptying and erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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How long does it take for diabetic neuropathy to set in?

Individual variation: Everyone is different. One diabetic can run blood sugars of 250 for 20 years and not get it, while another can run 150 for 5 years and get it. While average duration of diabetes before onset of diabetic neuropathy can be calculated for diabetics as a population, that doesn't predict the individual risk. But NEVER FORGET: The ONLY way to treat diabetic neuropathy is to treat the diabetes. ...Read more

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How to treat diabetic neuropathy causing anorgasm in men?

How to treat diabetic neuropathy causing anorgasm in men?

Sexual function: The first step is to see a urologist to determine if there is an organic cause for the inability to have an orgasm. Testosterone and PSA levels are often checked too. If there is no organic cause then psychological causes (e.g. marriage, divorce, sexual orientation) should be explored. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about diabetic neuropathy in my metatarsals?

No: Worried, no. But I would certainly make sure you are adequately evaluated and treated for it and meticulous care of your feet is important if you do have neuropathy as you can very often have list your protective sensation in your feet. ...Read more

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Do you get diabetic neuropathy even if you control your diabetes?

Do you get diabetic neuropathy even if you control your diabetes?

It is possible: Yes, step one is very tight control through medication and dietary and exercise measures. But Type II diabetics are at a higher risk of peripheral nerve problems than Type I. If this does occur, however, both medical foods and prescription items can help control and even partially reverse. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about taking nortriptylin for diabetic neuropathy?

See details: It is an older therapy which can benefit some cases of diabetic neuropathy. These days, newer meds such as Neurontin or Lyrica (pregabalin) are more popular. ...Read more

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Please describe the nature of the "nerve damage" in diabetic neuropathy?

Important question: We feel that the diabetic nerve complications involve blood flow in the small vessels that subserve peripheral nerve function, and thereby damage the central axon function which results in an axonal neuropathy. In general, the nerve problems do not readiliy respond to the usual basic diabetes drugs, but may benefit from a medical food metanx. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be concerned about diabetic neuropathy in my metatarsals?

Yes: 44 is young for neuropathy. People with neuropathy have increase risk for other foot problems. You should see a speacialist to discuss treatment for neuroapthy and ways you can try to prevent associated problems. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm suffering from a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Does anyone out there know if there is a cure.?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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What to do if i'm suffering from a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Does anyone out there know if there is a cure.?

Diabetic neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure. Fortunately, there are treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatment mainly focuses on slowing progression of the disease, relieving pain, and restoring function. ...Read more

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For last 2 years have hypoglycemia through the day will drop to 45-70 due HKPP I believe. Could this cause diabetic neuropathy?

For last 2 years have hypoglycemia through the day will drop to 45-70 due HKPP I believe. Could this cause diabetic neuropathy?

Totally confused: You think you have HKPP, an exceedingly rare disease. Why? Do you become completely paralyzed at times? Hypoglycemia may precipitate HKPP, not the reverse. Diabetes is a condition of persistently HIGH blood sugar, not low. Sounds like you've been doing "research" (grimace) on the Web & misinterpreted or misunderstood everything you've read. Need to find someone who will explain it all to you. ...Read more

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Searched symptoms on google and before i even clicked on a page it said diabetic neuropathy and my anxiety shot up. Is anone else like this?

Neuropathy: The first question is do you have diabetes and then the next is it type 1 or 2 the 3rd question would be is treated or untreated, if untreated for how long. Diabetes can affect the eyes, kidneys, skin, prolonged unhealing infections after cuts, nerve damage. Erectile dysfunction etc. Please consult your md and get your self checked up. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

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Diabetic neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure. Fortunately, there are treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatment mainly focuses on slowing progression of the disease, relieving pain, and restoring function. ...Read more

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How common is diabetic neuropathy?

Common: Amongst the diabetic population. Keeping strict glycemic control can help ward off. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Diabetic Neuropathy (Definition)

Diabetic neuropathy is a problem of the nerves seen in patients with diabetes. Diabetes damages the small blood vessels of the nerves, which may result in ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Diabetic Nerve Problems (Definition)

Also known as diabetes neuropathy, this is a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes that can cause pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, ...Read more