Many diabetics are aware of and, more likely than not, suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathy which results in tingling and numbness in feet and hands. However, did you know that there are four types of diabetes-related neuropathy? Like many type ones, when I started to put together the issues all attached to the demise of the vagus nerve, there it was, Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy (DAN). And my T1 peeps, you should know about it too.
Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy Defined
Autonomic neuropathy occurs when the nerves that control involuntary bodily functions are damaged. Damaged nerves may affect blood pressure, temperature control, digestion, bladder function and even sexual function. Diabetes is the most common cause of autonomic neuropathy and can gradually cause nerve damage throughout the body. [Source: Mayo Clinic]
In a previous post, I described my experience with Gastroparesis (bloating, nausea, heartburn, and a poor absorption of food), a symptom of diabetic autonomic neuropathy. The post includes a few resources and tips from Crystal Saltrelli, a certified health coach, and author, who also suffers from gastroparesis. I highly recommend that you check out her website here.
Have you experienced diabetic autonomic neuropathy as a complication of your T1D? Feel free to share in the comments section of this post or call into my podcast, The Bonnie Sher Show, Boomer Life, which airs 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET every Thursday (except holidays). Better yet, do both!