Diabetic neuropathy is a painful secondary effect of diabetes where our body’s nerves become damaged due to prolonged exposure to high blood glucose levels. Symptoms of neuropathy often include tingling, numbness and shooting pains along the nerves and typically affect the extremities such as the hands or feet.
While there are a number of different types of neuropathy that affects different areas of our body’s the important fact about all types of neuropathy is that it can only be cured if its prime cause is cured. For example, if your neuropathy is caused by high blood glucose levels once you lower the glucose levels the symptoms will typically go away. However, if there is extensive damage it may take a very long time for the nerves to regenerate.
Neuropathy has been found to be particularly worse in people who have a vitamin B12 deficiency. B12 supports the sheathing that protects our nerves and medical studies have also found that B12 promotes the regeneration and growth of new nerve cells. The best way to receive additional B12 is through monthly shots since this vitamin is not readily absorbed by the body in capsule form.
Neuropathy is a painful condition brought on by elevated glucose levels and is experienced by nearly 70% of all diabetics. If you are diabetic and over the age of 50 it is vital that you begin today to replenish your body and protect your nervous system to prevent long term damage.