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Metabolic Neuropathy (nerve damage)

What is it?  What can be done for relief. 

The term metabolic neuropathy refers to nerve disorders associated with systemic diseases of metabolic origin. 

Metabolic: relating to or deriving from the metabolism of a living organism.  Coming from the Greek: μεταβολή metabolē, "change". It is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. 

The term "metabolic" is often used to refer specifically to the breakdown of food and its transformation into energy.

These metabolic diseases include diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, uremia, hypothyroidism, hepatic failure, polycythemia, amyloidosis, acromegaly, porphyria, disorders of lipid/glycolipid metabolism, nutritional/vitamin deficiencies, and mitochondrial disorders, among others. 

The common factor of these diseases is damage to the nerves by alteration of the structure or function of the myelin sheath and axons due to metabolic pathway dysregulation.

Dystregulation is defined as:  impairment of a physiological regulatory mechanism (as that governing metabolism, immune response, or organ function) 

Diabetes is the most common cause of metabolic neuropathy, followed by uremia. 

Some of these disorders also affect muscles due to the fact that the conditions damage motor nerves which send incorrect signals to the muscles. 

For information about nerve damage read Neuropathy


What can be done for relief?

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