Diabetes Causing You Neuropathic Pain and Discomfort?
Are You at Risk of Nerve Damage Or Skin Ulceration?
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a health condition where there is too much glucose in
the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar and the main source of fuel used by
our bodies. Glucose comes from food which contains carbohydrate, such
as vegetables, as well as cereal foods.
The hormone, insulin, produced in the pancreas, stimulates the uptake of
glucose, amino acids and fat from the blood into our body’s cells. For
diabetics, their pancreas either cannot make insulin or the insulin that is
made is insufficient.
There are two main types of diabetes:
~ Type 1 diabetes usually affects children and young adults.
~ Type 2 diabetes, or mature onset, is the most common form of diabetes
affecting about 90% of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects
mature adults, more young people are developing type 2 diabetes.
What Are The Common Problems Associated with Diabetes?
When blood glucose levels are too high over long periods of time, damage
to cells within the body can result. Nerve and vascular damage are
Can I Relieve The Symptoms of Diabetes?
There are things you can do to prevent or relieve the symptoms of
diabetes that are often associated with feet and skin. Wearing safe,
natural soothing far infrared therapy garments can assist to relieve the
symptoms of diabetes without the risk of side effects. Protective FIR
Therapy socks can also help in the prevention of foot ulcers associated
How Can Thermomedic Therapy Garments Help My
~ Enhance blood circulation in your hands and feet
~ Avoid foot odour and assist your feet to stay dry and healthy
~ Improve your quality and enjoyment of life
~ Provide vital protection against skin damage, ulcers and sores
~ Help provide compression limb & joint support to aid gentle exercise
How Can Diabetes Hurt My Feet?
High blood glucose from diabetes causes two problems that can hurt your
~ Nerve damage. One problem is damage to nerves in your legs and
feet. With damaged nerves, you might not feel pain, heat, or cold in your
legs and feet. This lack of feeling caused by nerve damage is also called
diabetic neuropathy. Nerve damage can lead to a sore or an infection.
~ Poor blood flow. The second problem happens when not enough
blood flows to your legs and feet. Poor blood flow makes it hard for a sore
or infection to heal. This problem is called peripheral vascular disease.
Smoking when you have diabetes makes blood flow problems worse.
How Can Diabetes Hurt My Skin?
Diabetes can hurt your skin in two ways:
~ If your blood glucose is high, your body loses fluid. With less fluid in your
body, your skin can get dry. Dry skin can be itchy, causing you to scratch
and make it sore. Also, dry skin can crack and allow germs to enter to
cause infection. If your blood glucose is high, it feeds germs and makes
~ Nerve damage can decrease the amount you perspire. Perspiration
helps keep your skin soft and moist. Decreased sweating in your feet and
legs can cause dry skin.
What Causes Diabetic Neuropathies?
Nerve damage can be due to a combination of factors:
~ Metabolic factors, such as high blood glucose or low levels of insulin
~ Damaged blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to nerves
~ Autoimmune factors that can cause inflammation in nerves
~ Injury to nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
~ Inherited susceptibility to nerve disease
~ Lifestyle factors, such as smoking or alcohol
What Are The Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathies?
First symptoms are often numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet.
Symptoms are usually minor at first. They can involve the sensory, motor,
and autonomic (or involuntary) nervous systems. For some diabetics with
focal neuropathy, the onset of pain can be sudden and severe. Symptoms
may be worse at night.
Symptoms of diabetes and nerve damage often include:
~ numbness, tingling, or pain in toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, and fingers
~ wasting of the muscles of the feet or hands
~ dizziness or faintness after standing up due to a drop in blood pressure
~ muscle weakness
~ a tingling, burning, or prickling sensation
~ loss of balance and coordination
Natural Foot Care Treatments
People with neuropathy need to take special care of their feet. The
nerves to the feet are the longest in the body and most often affected by
neuropathic pain. Loss of sensation in your feet means that sores or
injuries may not be noticed and could become ulcerated or infected.
Circulation problems can also increase your risk of foot ulcers. Blisters
and sores may appear on numb areas of the foot because pressure or
injury goes unnoticed. Wearing protective Thermomedic Therapy Socks
reduces the risk of damage and sores to your delicate and fragile skin.
Thermomedic diabetic socks are also highly effective to reduce
perspiration and foot odour, as well as other symptoms of diabetes.
The natural healing power of thermal therapy can help boost blood
circulation in hands and feet to reduce the risk of nerve damage, tingling
and burning pain to help relieve diabetic foot pain.
Sadly, more than half of all lower-limb amputations in the United States
occur in people with diabetes. Many amputations caused by neuropathy
and poor circulation can be prevented with careful diabetic foot care.
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