Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment
There are different types of Diabetic Neuropathy.
TYPES OF DIABETIC NEUROPATHY
Diabetic neuropathy is damage to nerves caused by diabetes, high or low blood sugar. Damaged nerves further may send distorted messages to the brain. There are different types of Diabetic Neuropathy.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy:
This is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, also known as Distal Symmetrical Polyneuropathy (DSPN), causes damage to the nerves in the feet and legs.
The symptoms may include:
- Numbness and tingling.
- Needle-like feeling in feet and legs.
This type of neuropathy is known to commonly cause dizziness and fainting but can also lead to issues with the digestive system.
Symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite or feeling full even after only eating a small portion.
Experts are investigating how diabetes harms and kills these nerve cells. “The causes remain unknown,” according to findings shared in a position paper issued by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
One thing is certain: The conventional wisdom that—high blood sugar is the cause—of diabetic peripheral neuropathy is only part of the story. New research is revealing a much bigger cast of culprits. These other contributing factors may include high total cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking, according to a British research study that tracked 1,172 people with diabetes for seven years.
Dangers of Neuropathy:
• Obesity and high triglyceride. Each of these factors doubled the risk of developing DPN in people with diabetes based on results of a University of Utah study of 218 people with type 2 diabetes.
• Smoking increased risk by as much as 42%, says a Harvard Medical School review of 38 studies on tobacco use and diabetic peripheral neuropathy that included more than 5,000 people.
• High blood pressure increased risk from 11% to 65% based on data collected by tracking more than 37,000 people with type 2 diabetes for up to nine years; these findings are available in a report published in the journal Medicine.
• In the same study, low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and high levels of heart-threatening LDL’s boosts risk for diabetic peripheral neuropathy by up to 67%.
Advanced Neuropathy Treatments
The latest technology has made diabetic neuropathy treatment efficient and effective.
Neuropathy causes low blood flow in nerves. Lower blood flow sends bad signals to the brain. These wrong signals cause numbness or complete loss of sensations, such as a person’s balance progressively worsening since joint receptors don’t get the right messages.
Using laser therapy helps with:
- Blood flow goes back to normal.
- The correct flow of signals from nerves to muscles.
- Reduction of inflammation which helps with the quick healing of nerves.
- Increased blood flow to the nerves.
- Vibrations are used to send signals to the joint receptors, resulting in better balance.
The results show a significant reduction in pain and a significant increase in temperature. Better blood flow and better nerve communication resulting in reduced neuropathy and a far higher quality of life. Laser therapy has minimal risk, is convenient to perform, is non-invasive, and in most patients, shows better results than traditional medicines.
Types of laser treatment for diabetic neuropathy:
- Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
- Deep Tissue Laser Therapy (DTLT)
Low-Level Laser Therapy VS Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
Low-level laser therapy was the previous method before deep tissue laser therapy (DTLR). LLLT did provide instant relief to the nerves but some patients complained about extreme pain after a couple of months. Following this, the discovery of DTLT occurred.
For the experiment, researchers used 40 random people for comparative therapy trials. There was no immediate difference between the results but, after the 12th week, there was a significant decrease in the pain experienced by the patients using DTLT treatment. DTLT improves the quality of life for patients, and given its non-invasive nature, deep tissue laser therapy is a better alternative.
Integrative Medicine and Integrative Wellness
Integrative wellness is defined as “wholeness, balance, and resilience” by Dr. Jim Nicolai. Integrative wellness combines the usual medicine with practices. It boosts the mind, body, and spirit.
The conventional treatments of diabetic neuropathy were painful, with many side effects, and were temporary. Doctors desperate to provide better care for their patients spurred research, leading to an effective medical breakthrough.
Integrative Wellness is not a Treatment.
It is a Lifestyle.
As a result, the focus shifted from treating diabetic neuropathy symptoms to treating the patient’s total wellness.
Traditional medicine is the solution to many health crises but can result in severe side effects and potentially lead to other health issues. Integrative wellness and integrative medicine cause fewer side effects and promote better health.
These alternate integrative treatments can pave the way to living a higher quality of life. In addition, they are safer treatments for diabetic neuropathy.