Diabetes is one of the worst enemy of our nervous system. It can cause various damage to our brain, spinal cord and other nerves. Even prediabetes can damage our nerves significantly. Diabetes causes stroke in brain, destruction of nerves of eye, destroys the nerves of legs and hand etc. It is the commonest cause of destruction of small nerves of hands and feet. Excess glucose attacks the nerve cells and damage it later the cells die.
How to know if the excessive glucose is destroying the nerves?If it destroys the nerves of periphery then it will decrease the sensation of foot and hand. There will be burning sensation. Sometimes you will feel increase in pain. Sometimes it will make your muscles weak. Sometimes there will be foot ulcer which will not heal easily. Slowly it will progress. Then you will feel difficulty to walk. It becomes more difficult in dark. Even if prediabetes patients can suffer from nerve damage.
In large scale the diabetic nerve damage is preventable. First is strict diabetes control. There are many medications for diabetes control. Consult your endocrinologist. Do regular exercise. Wear shocks. Take good care of foot. Eat fresh water fish regularly. If burning pain or decrease sensation in feet or hand occurs visit a true neurologist ( DM Neurology) at earliest. There are medications to reverse nerve damage by glucose. But if extensive damage is done it will be difficult to reverse it.
Prevention of diabetic nerve damage is better than treatment. There are medications to defend nerves from excess glucose. Visit your neurologist as early as you can. Keep blood glucose under control. Protect your nerves.. and they will protect you.