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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

There is an estimated 25 million cases of diabetes mellitus in the United States. One out of every 12 people in this country is affected by diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that describes patients who suffer from high blood glucose levels as a result of their poor insulin regulation and insulin insensitivity. Insulin is the molecule in the body that is responsible for shuttling excess glucose out of the bloodstream.

There are two different types of diabetes.

1) Type I Diabetes

Type I diabetes, which is also known as juvenile diabetes, typically affects patients that are under 30 years of age. It has also been known to affect patients that are older than 30 years old. Type I diabetes is the result of the pancreas’s depletion in the amount of insulin producing beta cells, which causes a loss in insulin production. This form of diabetes tends to occur suddenly, and is usually hereditary. Some symptoms associated with this form of diabetes include increased urination, extreme thirst, weight loss, and blurred vision.

2) Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes has many similar symptoms as Type I diabetes, but tends to occur more gradually which is why this form of diabetes is commonly referred to as adult-onset diabetes. There are different causes of each of these forms of diabetes, respectively. Type II diabetes is characterized by the body’s inability to respond to the production of insulin. Initially, the body compensates by overproducing insulin. This period is then followed by a loss of insulin production. 90% of Type II Diabetes cases are associated with weight. There is a high correlation of type II diabetes cases with individuals that are overweight.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Nearly half of all diabetic patients suffer from a condition known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This condition describes nerve damage in the limbs and extremities as the result of diabetes. This is different from peripheral arterial disease, which directly affects blood vessels.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that can remain undiagnosed for extended periods of time in asymptomatic individuals. When Symptoms usually appear and progress gradually. They often increase in severity over time. This condition will tend to affect several different types of nerves including motor, autonomic, and sensory. Symptoms tend to worsen at night, and are characterized by a loss of sensation which can make patients prone to skin ulcers, lesions, and a variety of other complications in the extremities.

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