Can Diabetic Nerve Damage Be Reversed

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Scientists Discover Path To Reversing Pain Caused By Diabetic Neuropathy

About 20 percent of people with diabetes will eventually experience peripheral neuropathy – pain that is often described as burning, shooting, stabbing or tingling in the toes and fingertips. According to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists have discovered how to reverse this pain. They have identified and successfully tested a molecule that can inhibit the function of a protein that turns touch receptors into pain receptors under the skin. They did their research in mice, which have a similar neural and cellular make up as humans. The scientists are hopeful that a new drug can be developed to treat patients with diabetic neuropathy, as well as other nerve damage-related pain, but note that nerve damage itself generally can’t be repaired. “Therefore, proper pain management can significantly improve the lives of people with diabetic neuropathy and others living with nerve damage,” said co-author, Dr. Kate Poole, who conducted the research at the Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine in Germany, and is now based at UNSW’s School of Medical Sciences. Skin has specialized receptors that allow the perception of the slightest touch and can even Continue reading >>

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  1. Lostt

    Reversing Nerve Damage

    I came across this story in my neck of the woods about a "Compound" that reverses nerve damage via a topical cream without the "side effects" issues...
    not affected with nerve damage but sounds intriguing for those who are... in trials at the moment, 6 years maybe?

  2. Jan74

    That does sound intriguing. I don't have nerve damage yet, but research for such a painful complication is always good.

  3. graeme2020

    Thanks for the link Lostt. They don't actually tell us the important part of the story which is the name of the existing drug they have found that reverses nerve damage.

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