Is Diabetic Neuropathy Reversible? The Latest Research Findings

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a widespread complication of diabetes, causing nerve damage primarily in the legs and feet. As the prevalence of diabetes grows, understanding the prospects of reversing diabetic neuropathy becomes vital. Here’s what the latest scientific findings reveal about the possibilities.

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Understanding diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy arises due to prolonged elevated blood sugar levels, resulting in nerve injuries across the body. The most noticeable symptoms manifest in the legs, feet and hands, causing pain and numbness. It can, however, also impact the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. For some, the symptoms might be mild, but it can be severely debilitating for others.

Is diabetic neuropathy reversible?

Historically, neuropathy was regarded as a permanent, irreversible condition. The unfortunate truth is that once nerves are damaged, the body lacks the innate ability to repair them.

However, hope isn’t lost. Our mission is to develop drugs that work to impact the lives of those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Our CEO, Stanley Kim, explains, “We have found what appears to be the first disease-modifying treatment for neuropathy. We are the first company developing a drug which appears to be regenerating peripheral nerves, which is pretty amazing.” While complete reversal might be unattainable, recent research shows that an improvement in diabetes management can also lead to significant enhancements in neuropathy symptoms. The extent of this improvement hinges on various factors like the type of diabetes, duration of the disease, patient’s age and severity of diabetes.

Proactive steps towards managing diabetic neuropathy

Though it’s not wholly reversible, the progression of diabetic neuropathy can be halted and its symptoms managed. Effective diabetes management plays a crucial role in this. Here are some steps to consider:

  • Tight blood sugar control: Keeping blood sugar levels within the target range is paramount in preventing or delaying nerve damage.
  • Optimal blood pressure management: Aim for a blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg or as advised by your physician.
  • Regular physical activity: Engaging in moderate exercise can stave off complications and even alleviate some symptoms.
  • Healthy lifestyle choices: Losing excess weight, avoiding or limiting alcohol, refraining from smoking and eating a nutritious diet are pivotal.
  • Medication adherence: Always take medicines as prescribed.

When to seek medical attention

Timely intervention can prevent complications. Consult your healthcare provider if you notice:

  • Infected or non-healing cuts or sores on your feet.
  • Discomforting symptoms like tingling, burning, weakness or pain in your limbs.
  • Alterations in digestion, urination, or sexual function.
  • Episodes of dizziness or fainting.

Additionally, for those with peripheral neuropathy, daily foot inspections are crucial. The numbness accompanying neuropathy can mask the onset of conditions like ingrown toenails, blisters and sores. Ensuring foot hygiene and protection is a proactive way to thwart further complications.

Conclusion

While we may not currently have a solution to entirely reverse diabetic neuropathy, recent research provides a glimmer of hope. Through diligent diabetes management and lifestyle choices, patients can lead a quality life, keeping the debilitating effects of neuropathy at bay.

WinSanTor is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of treatments for peripheral neuropathies. We believe in creating a solution that works and brings relief to millions who are struggling with this disease. Learn more about our companyour drug and subscribe to our newsletter.

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Is diabetic peripheral neuropathy reversible?

Historically, neuropathy was regarded as a permanent, irreversible condition. The unfortunate truth is that once nerves are damaged, the body lacks the innate ability to repair them.

However, hope isn't lost. While complete reversal might be unattainable, recent research shows that an improvement in diabetes management can also lead to significant enhancements in neuropathy symptoms. The extent of this improvement hinges on various factors like the type of diabetes, duration of the disease, patient's age and severity of diabetes.

What are the best ways to manage diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Tight blood sugar control: Keeping blood sugar levels within the target range is paramount in preventing or delaying nerve damage.
Optimal blood pressure management: Aim for a blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg or as advised by your physician.
Regular physical activity: Engaging in moderate exercise can stave off complications and even alleviate some symptoms.
Healthy lifestyle choices: Losing excess weight, avoiding or limiting alcohol, refraining from smoking and eating a nutritious diet are pivotal.
Medication adherence: Always take medicines as prescribed.

When should you seek medical attention for diabetic neuropathy?

Infected or non-healing cuts or sores on your feet.
Discomforting symptoms like tingling, burning, weakness or pain in your limbs.
Alterations in digestion, urination, or sexual function.
Episodes of dizziness or fainting.

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