Diabetic Neuropathy: What To Know

What is diabetic neuropathy?

This is a major issue that many diabetics face. Many people will associate it with large foot ulcers that can lead to amputation, but there are many levels to diabetic neuropathy.  This is a condition that can happen to anyone, and there needs to be a lot of empathy behind those that face this condition.

Dr. Peter Attia, who gave a long speech at a the TEDMED 2013 Conference, eloquently spoke about diabetes and its symptoms

What if obesity isn’t the cause of insulin resistance at all? In fact, what if it’s a symptom of a much deeper problem, the tip of a proverbial iceberg?  You can think of insulin resistance as the reduced capacity of our cells to partition fuel, as I alluded to a moment ago, taking those calories that we take in and burning some appropriately and storing some appropriately. When we become insulin-resistant, the homeostasis in that balance deviates from this state. So now, when insulin says to a cell, I want you to burn more energy than the cell considers safe, the cell, in effect, says, “No thanks, I’d actually rather store this energy.”

What Dr. Peter Attia is saying is that diabetes is a naturally-occurring condition, and the fact that someone goes through these symptoms, should not be judged by any means.

To see more of his powerful speech, watch: TED: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?

 

What it comes down to is that there is some damage to your nervous system, which can cause people to experience dizziness, itchiness, and even pain in the feet area. This means that the blood glucose levels are getting too high (if you are a diabetic).

See my guide on 5 things about blood glucose

The Scary Part of Diabetic Neuropathy

Besides the itchiness, foot sores, and dizziness that can be caused from diabetic neuropathy, there can be a more lethal side to diabetic neuropathy, which is amputation.  This is why it is so imperative to be very proactive with diabetes management, in order to avoid such terrible consequences.

What should you do?

Generally, it’s helpful to switch to a plant-based diet. Another helpful option is to buy some compression socks.

Why diabetic socks?

Diabetic socks can be very helpful for a variety of reasons.  Diabetic socks don’t have seams that cut off your circulation, there is more padding at the sole of the feet, and it is moisture-wicking so that it decreases the risk of infection.

See our Stitches Medical Diabetes Socks

The 4 types of Diabetic Neuropathy

  1. Peripheral (the most common kind)
  2. Autonomic
  3. Proximal
  4. Focal

 

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