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Diabetes – Neuropathy And Foot Disease

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Neuropathy is another name for nerve disease associated with diabetes.

The end result of neuropathy, if not treated, is amputation of the feet. This is a major incentive to monitor and keep proper control of one’s blood glucose levels, as it is those who have poor control who are most at risk.

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are equally at risk of neuropathy, which usually appears after 10 years of high and uncontrolled blood sugar.

Alcohol encourages this disease as does a person’s height. Taller people by definition, have longer nerves, and for some reason they are more susceptible to this disease.

Nerve disease is a gradual process and can be missed in the early stages. One of the first obvious signs of neuropathy is a loss of feeling in the feet.

Neuropathy makes it possible to stand on a nail, for example, and feel no pain. It is therefore vital that feet are checked daily for any possible damage.

In fact the most common problem is foot ulcers. In non diabetics, any pressure on the sole of the foot will show itself with pain. Diabetic neuropathy means that this pain is not felt by the sufferer, and after some time, the skin begins to harden in the area being pressurised. Over time this turns into a callus, which eventually forms an ulcer.

It is quite possible for this to go unnoticed, and the problem is that as the ulcer spreads, by the time it is found; the only cure may be amputation.

By following certain rules you can prevent neuropathy:

- Keep blood glucose under control

- Seek treatment if you suffer from hypertension

- Move. Exercising is very important for general wellbeing, but in particular it helps to reduce cholesterol, which is responsible, in part, to blocking the arteries. Exercise also promotes new growth of blood vessels.

-Smoking. Smoking is a major cause of peripheral arterial disease, which affects your feet first. Consider giving it up.

If you are a smoker, think about taking up a hobby. Toby, the author of this article and a type 2 diabetic, smoked and suffered from hypertension. To help get rid of his hypertension, he learnt up the Martin Backpacker guitar which he finds very effective at tackling hypertension. His Martin Backpacker guitar sounds great and is easy to transport.

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