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Doctor insights on: Can Diabetic Neuropathy Get Better Or Go Away If Blood Sugar Control Is Better

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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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Help please! is diabetic neuropathy fully curable when blood sugar is in control?

Help please! is diabetic neuropathy fully curable when blood sugar is in control?

Diabetic neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure, even when blood sugar is in control. 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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What approaches work best to help diabetic neuropathy, other than watching your blood sugar levels?

What approaches work best to help diabetic neuropathy, other than watching your blood sugar levels?

Alpha lipoic acid: There are several studies from europe that show that the natural substance, Alpha lipoic acid, 300-600 mg/ day has been beneficial and it helps to lower blood sugar as well. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy occur even if blood sugars are managed?

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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Most trusted means to help diabetic neuropathy pain besides blood sugar management?

Most trusted means to help diabetic neuropathy pain besides blood sugar management?

Some ways: Could suppress nerve pain with gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, but a medical food metanx, which contains designer b-vitamins, can eventually regenerate small nerve fibres, and decrease symptoms, but takes many months. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help diabetic neuropathy, other than watch your blood sugars?

What is the best way to help diabetic neuropathy, other than watch your blood sugars?

Vit B, stop smoking: Diet and exercise to control the sugars. Stop smoking as this can lead to worsening of the circulation to the nerves, limit alcohol as it can damage nerves. Get your vitamin b levels checked and supplement as necessary. For the type of diabetic neuropathy that leads to burning tingling sensation, a prescription (topical or oral) may be required to help control the symptoms. ...Read more

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Could a blood sugar level of 104 fasting cause diabetic neuropathy? My legs are dry, shrinking and feel weak. I'm walking slower than normal.

Unlikely: In order to be diagnosed with diabetes, you have to show abnormalities in one of several ways: fasting glucose over 100 mg/dl, or HgA1c over 6.5% at two separate testing, or a random glucose test > 200 mg/dl. Therefore I would consider the level of 104 fasting mildly abnormal and unless it was elevated at other times in the past, that level by itself is unlikely to cause a true neuropathy. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some ways of slowing down neuropathy once you get it, besides blood sugar control?

Weight Loss: Diet and exercise, to the point of achieving your ideal weight goes far in improving microvascular disease, to some degree. But it is most useful early in the disease. ...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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I rec'd a TTC (talus, tibia, can.) ankle fusion. I am pre-diabetic. My daily blood sugar test b4 brkfst. Is pain in ankle consider neuropathy?

I rec'd a TTC (talus, tibia, can.) ankle fusion. I am pre-diabetic. My daily blood sugar test b4 brkfst. Is pain in ankle consider neuropathy?

No: If you are neuropathic and are having sharp pain in your fusion site go see your surgeon. If you are neuropathic sharp pain comes through indicating a different problem. There are good supplements for Diabetic neuropathy such as Biotin, Benfotaime and B complexes. Diabetics have great improvement with these. ...Read more

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How to get relief for diabetic neuropathy?

Neuropathy Relief: That's a good question. Do you mean relief from the condition, or relief from the symptoms? It is said that getting the blood sugar back to normal can eventually help the nerves heal. That is a worthy goal, and unfortunately difficult. Comments are appreciated. Symptomatic relief often occurs with medicine, either topical or oral. Gabapentin is a popular option, amitriptyline, etc. ...Read more

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I have hypoglycemia due to HKPP is it possible to get diabetic neuropathy? Feet are always cold, purple tint, hands got numb, sometimes no symp in 50s

Hypoglycemia: If you have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia the cause must be found and management started. If that is not happening see another doctor. The smartest thing would be to see an Endocrinologist. ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Diabetic Nerve Problems (Definition)

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