Due to neuropathy, the patient may not realize that they have already sustained minor injuries or cuts to their skin. Left untreated, these minor injuries may affect the deeper tissues and bones, causing infection and tissue death that warrants amputation.
Being unaware of hypoglycemia
Another dangerous complication of diabetic neuropathy is being unaware of low blood sugar levels.
You see, when there’s damage to the autonomic nervous system, the patient may have difficulty detecting some of the warning signs of hypoglycemia, which include:
- Fast heart rate
Of course, this list of diabetic neuropathy complications is not exhaustive. Case in point: it may also cause chronic pain.
How To Prevent Or Delay Diabetic Neuropathy
If you want to prevent or delay diabetic neuropathy, you need to be proactive in making lifestyle modifications that help:
- Control your blood pressure. Generally, the level should be below 140/90 or whatever target your doctor sets.
- Control your cholesterol levels.
- Lose weight (excess weight increases diabetic neuropathy risk)
- Reach your blood sugar targets. The longer you have diabetes, and the more prolonged or frequent you experience hyperglycemia, the higher your risk is.
To help you with these, it’s best to work closely with your doctor and a registered nutritionist-dietitian. You need to limit your alcohol intake, avoid or quit smoking, perform regular physical activity, have healthy meals, and take your medicines as prescribed.
Diabetic neuropathy pertains to nerve damage due to diabetes. Depending on the damaged nerve, it may lead to various complications, such as digestive problems, sexual dysfunction, BP drops, and even amputation. To prevent or delay neuropathy, it’s crucial that you work closely with your doctor.
Learn more about Diabetes Complications here.