Every third week in June is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Week in Missouri–a week aimed at raising public awareness of a condition that can cause:
- Loss of sensation in fingers and toes
- Intense pain, aching, tingling, burning and numbness of the feet
- Non-healing wounds or ulcers in the feet and lower extremities
- Increased risk of lower extremity amputations.
These complications are a result of neuropathy, or nerve damage, caused by prolonged exposure to high amounts of glucose in the bloodstream (uncontrolled diabetes).
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) is highly preventable by maintaining control of diabetes and blood sugars. Download this card to screen yourself for DPN and to guide your daily foot exams. Bring it with you to your next doctor’s appointment and make sure to discuss any symptoms you may be having. Prevention and early treatment is key in prolonging the progression of neuropathy and preventing complications. Read more about neuropathy here.