Diabetic Neuropathy

June 27, 2017

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet. Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in your extremities to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. For some people, these symptoms are mild; for others, diabetic neuropathy can be painful, disabling and even fatal. Diabetic neuropathy is a common serious complication of diabetes. Yet you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with tight blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Take Action Today

Together we can transform the lives of all people with diabetes by working to find a cure, improving access to health care and protecting the rights of people with diabetes. You can help at the federal, state, and local levels.

Protect Our Healthcare

On February 28, 2017 President Donald Trump spoke before a joint session of Congress. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was one of the main topics of his speech. Now, Congress and the White House are rushing to take up ACA repeal, so we need you to tell your members of Congress to repeal the ACA by immediately putting in place an adequate alternative provision for all pre-existing diabetic patients. Any replacement must protect the health and financial security of all Americans. Our nation cannot go back to a time when people with diabetes and other pre-existing conditions could never denied health insurance or forced to pay outrageous premiums, or dropped from coverage just when they needed it most, or when insurers could refuse to cover diabetes treatment, and when seniors had to pay a huge amount for prescriptions.

Thank Your Senators For Helping Us Get Closer to Healthy Foods

The Minnesota legislature created the Good Food Access Program last session to expand food options for underserved communities where it is hard to buy wholesome food. This will help families be healthier and fight obesity and chronic diseases and ultimately lower the costs associated with diet-related illnesses. Now, a bill has been introduced to provide $10 million in annual funding for the program. Your state senator is a sponsor of this important legislation.