Do your feet tingle, burn or itch? If so, then you might have some nerves going haywire in your feet. Millions of people are affected by neuropathy which causes the nerves in the feet and eventually the hands to start acting weird. The feet are usually affected first because those nerves are the longest and therefore the most difficult to keep healthy. Sometimes neuropathy does not hurt; it just causes a strange or numb sensation. But when neuropathy does hurt, it can feel like the limbs are being attacked by thousands of sharp needles, ice buckets or hot pokers.
You might feel like you are under attack if you have painful diabetic neuropathy. Treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy should first start with supplements and gaining control of blood sugar levels. Next, the treatment usually involves medications that are ingested by mouth. These oral medications treat nerve pain . Unfortunately, these same treatments can lead to other problems like drowsiness, dizziness and difficu...
Almost everyone tells us we should get as much exercise as
possible. But the effects of exercise are sometimes controversial.
Exercise alone isn't apt to make you lose much weight. For
example, walking, an excellent form of exercise because it doesn't put a lot of
extra strain on your joints as running does, but burns very few calories.
The other day, I walked a total of about 3 miles, according
to my pedometer. It said I'd burned 200 calories. Big deal. I could cancel that
out with a couple of ounces of cheddar cheese or a little more than an ounce of
And, as pointed out by Gary Taubes in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories , exercise
can just make you hungrier. So after exercising you might eat even more than
enough to cancel out the calories burned by the exercise.
However, exercise has benefits that go beyond weight loss.
For one thing, by getting your heart rate up (unless your idea of exercise is
meandering), exercise strengthens your heart. ...
Complications Patients with diabetes have higher death rates than people who do not have diabetes regardless of sex, age, or other factors. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in these patients. All lifestyle and medical efforts should be made to reduce the risk for these conditions. People with type 2 diabetes are also at risk for nerve damage (neuropathy) and abnormalities in both small and large blood vessels (vascular injuries) that occur as part of the diabetic disease process. Such abnormalities produce complications over time in many organs and structures in the body. Although these complications tend to be more serious in type 1 diabetes, they still are of concern in type 2 diabetes. Heart Disease There is an association between high blood pressure (hypertension), unhealthy cholesterol levels, and diabetes. People with diabetes are more likely than non-diabetics to have heart problems, and to die from heart complications. Heart attacks account for 60% and stro...
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