Thursday 7th April 2016 marks the World Health Day dedicated to Diabetes. As per World Health Organisation, there is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes and around 347 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by chronically high blood sugar and diabetes. About 60-70 percent people with diabetes have diabetic neuropathy. There are mainly two types of neuropathy: Peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy affects feet, legs, hands and arms. Autonomic neuropathy affects heart and blood vessels, digestive systems, sweat glands, urinary tract, eyes and lungs. Peripheral neuropathy is more common among the two.
Main symptoms of Peripheral diabetic neuropathy include:
Tingling and numbness in hands and feet.
Weak, heavy – feeling arms and legs
Sharp, stabbing pains in hands and feet.
Several clinical trials have shown that TENS machines help to reduce pain associated with Peripheral diabetic neuropathy.
At TensCare we have specially designed garments iSock and iGlove specifically used with TENS machine. Both the iGlove and the iSock use a newly developed ‘Silver Stim™’ conductive fabric, which allows the stimulation from a TENS unit to pass throughout the hand or foot. This improves the blood flow, which in turn increases mobility and provides relief from pain throughout the hand or foot.
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World Health Organisation (2016), Diabetes, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/%5BAccessed 7Apr.2016].