Diabetic neuropathy cannot be cured. Treatment for diabetic neuropathy aims to:
Slow progression of the disease
Control of blood sugar within your target range is important to delay the progression of peripheral neuropathy. Maintaining blood sugar may even cause an improvement in your existing symptoms. Studies suggest that intense glucose control may significantly reduce the overall risk of diabetic neuropathy.
To help slow nerve damage
Some measures that are important to slow nerve damage are:
Pain is a major problem in patients with diabetic neuropathy, which can be difficult to treat. It can have significant effect on a person’s quality of life. Several medications are used for treatment of nerve pain in diabetes, but no particular drug has been found to be effective in all patients. Most of the medications that are used have several side effects that have to be considered against the benefits they offer. Most people need a combination of medications or treatments for relieving pain in diabetic neuropathy. Many people may be recommended complementary and alternative therapies for pain relief in addition to prescription medications.
Some of the prescription medications used for pain relief include:
Treat complications and restore function
People with diabetic neuropathy can develop complications such as urinary tract problems, digestive problems, low blood pressure on standing, and sexual dysfunction due to effect on the autonomic nerves. These problems can be managed with specific treatments for these complications of diabetic neuropathy. Your doctor will examine you, do tests and recommend treatment as required.
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