November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the opportunity to delve into a health issue that affects millions of Americans. Imagine being haunted by the possibility that some day you may lose the feeling in your feet, ankles, and lower legs and that this lost sensation could ultimately lead to infection, ulceration, and even the amputation of limbs that become unsalvageable. This grim yet very real condition is known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, up to 70% of diabetics suffer some kind of nerve damage.
This means we are facing a growing population of DPN sufferers as the number of type 2 diabetics continues to spiral out of control. What’s even more tragic is that many of the people who are suffering from DPN are not even aware that these conditions are preventable and largely reversible.