Essay about The Treatment Of Diabetic Neuropathy

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Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

As of 2012, 29 million americans suffer from either type I or type II diabetes (Sugimoto, Murakawa, & Sima, 2000). That makes for approximately one of every ten Americans has to deal personally with diabetes. There are dozens of effects spurring from having diabetes, and diabetic neuropathy is one of the most prevalent. Although it is the most prevalent, it is one of the least understood, despite continuing research (Sugimoto, Murakawa, & Sima, 2000). Neuropathy is, more often than not, a side effect of both type I and type II diabetes in an individual. As of 2000, 60-70% of diabetic patients suffered from diabetic neuropathy (Qian & Eaton). Type I diabetes are genetic and cannot be prevented, while type II are a result of lifestyle and diet (Baumann, 2000). It was found to be present in approximately 7.7% of individuals recently diagnosed with diabetes, and up to 90% of individuals with severe long-term diabetes (Oakley & Edmond, 2011). When a diabetic patient is not consistent with caring for their diabetes, there is a higher chance of diabetic neuropathy.

Diabetic neuropathy is when there is improper function of 1 or more nerves as a result of diabetes (News Editor, 2016). This could be inflammation of the nerves, slowed responses, or complete damage, all of which result in pain. An individual with diabetic neuropathy may feel “pain, muscle weakness or atrophy, sensory disturbances, diminished tendon reflexes, and/or vasomotor…

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