Tingling, weakness, numbness, and pain are hallmarks of peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage. It’s estimated that this debilitating condition affects up to 30% of all healthy adults in the United States, and up to 70% of all people with diabetes. The first-rate team of physicians at CLI Integrative Medicine provides comprehensive care for adults with neuropathy, including proactive strategies to prevent, reduce, or delay nerve-related complications. Call the office in Palm Harbor, Florida today, or schedule an appointment online at any time.
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to any part of your peripheral nervous system, the vast communication system that passes signals between the central nervous system and all other areas of your body.
Your peripheral nervous system plays an integral role in many essential body functions, ranging from receiving and transmitting sensations to controlling muscle movement. It controls autonomic functions like digestion, blood pressure, and heart rate.
When peripheral nerves are damaged, their ability to signal is disrupted. Depending on the type or degree of damage, you can experience:
Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the affected areas, as well as a reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes.
As the condition progresses, it can cause muscle weakness, diminished balance and coordination, and serious foot problems, including ulcers and infections.
Diabetes is a chronic illness that makes it harder for your body to maintain normal blood-sugar levels.
Diabetic neuropathy occurs when chronically high blood-sugar levels damage the blood vessels that carry oxygen to your nerves or the protective sheath that covers your nerves. Such damage can cause nerves to transmit more slowly, send messages at the wrong times, or stop sending messages altogether.
The best way to manage neuropathy or prevent its progression is by leading a healthy lifestyle that keeps any underlying conditions that cause or contribute to nerve damage – such as diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, or kidney disease – in check. Eating a nutritious diet, exercising most days of the week, and losing excess body weight are often all it takes to keep neuropathy symptoms under control.
If you’re carrying extra pounds, losing just 5-10% of your body weight can help alleviate neuropathy-related symptoms and improve your condition.
The team of experts at CLI Integrative Medicine take a comprehensive, customized, whole-person approach to weight loss, providing the specific resources, tools, and support you need to achieve long-term results.
Their highly effective medical weight-loss program combines proper nutrition, physical activity, psychological support, and other proven strategies to help you reach your weight-loss goals in a safe and sustainable way.
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