If you are diabetic, then you should be aware that diabetic neuropathy can quietly engulf your health if you do not keep a constant vigil on all the vital organs of your body. Do not wait for the late stages of diabetic neuropathy since that could prove to be disastrous for the organ involved and might endanger your life too.
Diabetics need to quit smoking and drinking and embark on a healthy diet to maintain their blood sugar levels within permissible limits. They also need to exercise regularly and constantly check their blood glucose levels on an hourly or daily basis depending on their condition. However, while following this routine, diabetics often forget that high blood sugar levels also affect blood circulation and damage nerves in the long run. This manifests itself in the form of different diabetic neuropathies such as Autonomic, Peripheral, Focal and Proximal neuropathy that can affect the eyes, lungs, kidneys, heart, digestive tract, hands, legs, spine, fingers, and toes, among others.
The symptoms might appear very slowly and you might even confuse it with other less harmful diseases. If you are not getting yourself checked regularly for diabetic neuropathy, then you might wait a bit too much before you rush to your doctor. For example, if your eyes might get affected, then you might experience double or blurry vision. This could indicate cataracts or glaucoma, which might need surgery to correct it. But if you wait until a very late stage, then it might become very difficult for your doctor to save your eye or eyes. Similarly if you ignore any tingling, numbness or flashes of pain in your hands or feet, you might already be suffering from peripheral diabetic neuropathy by the time you reach your doctor.
Hence a regular checkup to check for any nerve damage is your only weapon against any diabetic neuropathy. Your doctor might subject you to an electromyography or emg test to find out the actual condition of your nerves, among other tests. This test involves giving you mild shocks and then measuring your body’s response to such shocks to ascertain the condition of your nerves. Any neuropathy that could be trying to enter your body would be caught at an early stage and your doctor could start your treatment immediately, which could include surgery or medications or both. If you are detected with dpn or diabetic peripheral neuropathy then your doctor might also suggest an alternative medicine known as alpha lipoic acid, which is quite useful for controlling pain in humans and most pets excluding cats. In such a case you might also need to attend physical therapy sessions along with occupational therapy or ot to regain or at least retain all possible use of your hands and legs.
Hence, you should never wait until the late stages of diabetic neuropathy but instead go in for regular checkups to ensure that any neuropathy is caught and treated at an early stage itself. A proper organ checking routine should also be followed with great care from your end so that you can notice any negative changes immediately. Such a routine will not only ensure that you can save the affected organ, but also save your life if the affected organ happens to be your heart, lungs or kidneys.