Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a condition that develops in response to diabetes and involves damage to nerve fibers, primarily in the feet, legs and hands. Until recently, researchers and physicians believed that this nerve damage primarily only affected the peripheral nervous system. A new body of research now suggests that diabetic peripheral neuropathy also affects the central nervous system and the brain, further emphasizing the importance of immediate treatment.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we encourage patients to pursue medical treatment for their peripheral neuropathy condition. According to research, 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes will develop some form of neuropathy. If you suffer with diabetes, we encourage you to seek treatment immediately. US Neuropathy Centers currently has 15 locations across the United States, with the hope of adding more physicians to our growing network.
A research team from Sheffield University and Sheffield Teach Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in England conducted a study that showed significant loss of grey matter areas of the brain, which are responsible for touch and pain sensory perception. This phenomenon occurred in patients with both painful and painless DPN.
This medical breakthrough was possible through innovative brain imaging and analysis technology that was able to take detailed nerve assessments of the brain. Participants with diabetic neuropathy had brain scan results that showed the grey matter areas considerably smaller than in non-diabetic patients.
Lead researcher, Professor Solomon Tesfaye of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, says the impact of diabetic neuropathy was always believed to affect only the peripheral nerves. The results of the research open “a whole new area for further research” that could endorse the creation of new treatments for diabetic neuropathy.
Uncontrolled diabetes can result in diabetic neuropathy. Trust the providers of US Neuropathy Centers to manage nerve pain and reduce the risk of foot ulcers. For more information about the study, please visithttp://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2014/apr/diabetic-neuropathy-more-harmful-to-the-brain-than-expected-93196347.html. If you or someone you love suffers with nerve pain or any form of neuropathy, contact a US Neuropathy Centers nearest you.
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at any of our US Neuropathy Centers locations. With offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, our neuropathy experts are easily accessible and here to help.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018