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Life-Threatening Events Linked to Neuropathy
The research, published in the UK medical journal Heart this August, involved 13,000 patients with type 2 diabetes in England, and found that the loss of feeling in the feet is a good predictor of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes.
Scientists studied 407 deaths from any cause and 399 non-fatal cardiovascular disease events. After adjusting for age, sex, ethnicity, systolic blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, HbA1c, smoking status, and use of medication, peripheral neuropathy was associated with an increased risk of a cardiovascular event.
Loss of sensation in the extremities does not just suggest nerve damage, but circulation problems as well. Researchers concluded that testing for peripheral neuropathy annually is an easy clinical way to identify high-risk individuals who require more monitoring for cardiovascular health.
What Can Diabetics Do About Loss of Feeling in Feet?
You may feel hopeless and wonder what can be done if you have already lost sensation in your feet. “Greater control of risk factors including blood pressure and blood sugar can prevent or delay the onset of cardiovascular disease,” said Robert Hinchliffe, co-author of the study. The better a patient’s blood sugar is controlled, the less likely it is for the patient to suffer an adverse event in the near future, neuropathy or not. Prescription medications and over-the-counter topical treatments can also help manage neuropathy in the feet.
There is more you can control than you may think. According to the World Heart Federation:
– Controlling your blood glucose can reduce your risk of a cardiovascular disease event by 42%!
– Controlling your blood lipids (cholesterol) can reduce your risk of a cardiovascular event between 20 and 50%.
– Smoking doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease if you have diabetes, so quitting can go a long way.
– Losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet will also improve your health.
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