Other Neurological Diseases
Everyone has dealt with memory loss at one point or another. Misplacing keys, forgetting where you parked your car, or forgetting faces or names of people you have met. But at what point does normal everyday forgetfulness become a serious problem?
Normal Memory Changes or Dementia Symptoms?
Typical signs of aging include:
If you suspect dementia:
Diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, is damage to the nerves that allow you to feel sensations such as pain. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathies also appear to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, as well as those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure and those who are overweight.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
The areas of the body most commonly affected by diabetic peripheral neuropathy are the feet and legs. Nerve damage in the feet can result in a loss of foot sensation, increasing your risk of foot problems. Injuries and sores on the feet may go unrecognized due to lack of sensation. Therefore, you should practice proper skin and foot care. Rarely, other areas of the body such as the arms, abdomen, and back may be affected.
Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may include:
In most cases, early symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy will become less when blood sugar is under control.
To prevent peripheral neuropathy work with your doctor to keep your blood glucose under tight control.
To help prevent the complications of peripheral neuropathy: