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Seattle Neuropathy Health Center
4735 37th Ave
Seattle, WA 98105
Los Angeles Neuropathy Health Center
815 South Alder Ave
Los Angeles, CA 92833
Dallas Neuropathy Health Center
6163 Hillside Ave Dallas, TX 75205 (214) 593-3924
Miami Neuropathy Health Center
3235 Northwest 29th Avenue
Miami, FL 33142
New York Neuropathy Health Center
1453 Jones Street
New York, NY 10014
"Being diagnosed as diabetic was hard enough. Finding out I might lose sensation in my feet or even lose a limb was unbearable! Neuropathy Health Center helped me pull my life together and tackle the problem head-on."
Stacy, 65 (Albany, NY)
"Finding the cold hard facts about diabetic neuropathy was tough. Finding the appropriate treatment for my particular situation was damn near impossible. Thanks, Neuropathy Health Center, for helping me make the tough decisions and get my life back on track."
Eric, 56 (Austin, TX)
What is Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy is a disease of the nervous system in which the consistent high blood sugar levels of diabetes cause damage to nerves in the body and resulting in a wide variety of side effects. Diabetic neuropathy affects a large portion of diabetic patients to some degree over the course of a life with the disease, and the resulting complications can be implicated in many of the diabetes-related amputations suffered by those with diabetes. About half of diabetes patients will suffer some form of nerve damage, though this damage usually occurs ten to twenty years after a diagnosis of diabetes.
Is There a Cure for Diabetic Neuropathy?
Although much research has gone into the field of degenerative nerve damage and scientists have a significantly better understanding of diseases like this, there is currently no method to cure diabetic neuropathy. Methods of diabetic neuropathy treatment typically revolve around preservation of nerves and the prevention or slowing of progressive nerve damage associated with the disease. Diabetic neuropathy pain management is also a major element of treatment plans, as nerve damage can sometimes be extremely painful. Lastly, diabetic neuropathy management involves treating the varied and diverse side effects that are often associated with the disease, which can include digestive problems, sexual dysfunction and physical limitations. While it isn't possible to stop diabetic neuropathy entirely, the difference in quality of life and life expectancy differ greatly between patients who seek treatment and those who do not.
How Can I Tell if I Have Diabetic Neuropathy?
First an foremost, diabetic neuropathy is a disease limited to patients already suffering from diabetes; the mechanisms that cause the progressive nerve damage stem from the high blood sugar levels of diabetes patients. For those that have already been diagnosed with diabetes, further tests can determine if nerve damage is present in the extremities; identifying this facet of the disease is the most common method of diagnosing the disease. This can easily be a part of a yearly physical checkup with a doctor, and diabetes sufferers concerned that they might be experiencing nerve damage or other debilitating side effects (consult our Diabetic Neuropathy Signs & Symptoms page) should consult with a doctor to get a simple diagnosis and begin treatment.
What Complications Can Result from Diabetic Neuropathy?
Left untreated, the most important and debilitating result of diabetic neuropathy is lasting damage to the nerves of the extremities and even internal organs. As an extreme, amputation is sometimes necessary to remove non-functioning tissue and preserve circulation in other parts of the body. In fact, insufficient treatment of diabetic neuropathy is actually the most common cause of amputation in the United States today.
Other complications can also potentially result from diabetic neuropathy. Changes in vision, bladder function, sexual function in both men and women, infections in both the kidneys and bladder, speech impairment, involuntary muscle contractions, muscle deterioration or damage, skin damage and an inability to sense internal and external stimuli are all notable complications of diabetic neuropathy. These complications can range in severity from mild or insignificant to serious and potentially life threatening (a decreased sensitivity to angina, the chest pain associated with heart trouble and heart attacks, is one example of a deadly complication that is sometimes associated with the disease).
How Do I Find Diabetic Neuropathy Help?
If you need real answers or real treatment options regarding diabetic neuropathy, you've come to the right place. Neuropathy Health Center is a national treatment center with several locations around the United States specifically designed to treat diabetes patients who are beginning to experience or have constantly struggled unsuccessfully to manage the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.