Fluoroquinolones and Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy, this is an often devastatingconditionwhich people develop pain and numbnesstheir hands and feet. Basicallythey're told on the evening news that they should be taking this or that mediion sothat they can get through life. That's treating the smoke and ignoring thefire. Those medicines that you're seeing advertised don't treat the neuropathy, they only treatthe symptoms. But what's causing peripheral neuropathy? Well we know thatAmerica,one of the biggest causes of peripheral neuropathy is being diabetic, which is clearly relatedto the foods that you eat by and large. Becoming a type 2 diabetic amatically increases yourrisk for having peripheral neuropathy and

fact being devastated by it. This is adisease that effects 115 Americans. Let's take a look. So again this is 115 Americans—thisis 20 million Americans afflicted by this disease, that aside from diabetes, we're toldthe cause is unknown. Well maybe that's not exactly true. Last month,the journal Neurology,an incredible study was published describing a relationship between what are called fluoroquinolones,and the risk of developing a peripheral neuropathy. You may not know what fluoroquinolones are,but chances are you may have actually been exposed to fluoroquinolone. These are antibioticsused for treating things like upper respiratory

infections and even urinary tract infections.Things like Levaquin and Cipro are commonly usedwalks. If you have a urinarytract infection, you may have received these mediations. Well, here's what the study showedus: So this is a study publishedSeptember2014 that looked at men between age 45 to 80 years of age followed for a 10 year periodandthis group there were over 6,000 cases of peripheral neuropathy. And they comparedthese individuals to about 25,000 aged match controls, and what they found was that riskfor developing this devastating condition called peripheral neuropathy was doubled inthose individuals exposed to this class of

antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. And whatthe researchers also told us is that, and I quote, quot;Fluoroquinolones have been shownto neurotoxic. Oral fluoroquinolones have also been associated with reported cases ofpsychosis and seizures, which similar to peripheral neuropathy have been shown to be acute eventsoccurring within days of fluoroquinolone use. In light of strong evidence of unnecessaryprescribing of oral fluoroquinolonesthe United States, ians must weigh the riskof PN against the benefits of prescribing FQ when prescribing these ugs to their patients.quot; We've got to practice medicine under the dictumof quot;above all do no harm.quot; One of our most

well respected peer journals is nowtelling us that the use of these mediions—these fluoroquinolone antibiotics is associatedwith doubling of the risk of peripheral neuropathy. A disease which often is not treatable. Sokeep thatmind the next time you think you need an antibiotic for this or that problem,discuss this study with your treating physician. I'm David Perlmutter.

How to Recognize and Prevent Compliions Diabetes

The A Z Guide Of Diabetes How to Recognizeand Prevent Compliions Learning to recognize the compliions ofdiabetesyourself and others can save a life. Sometimes diabetes goes unnoticed, anduntil there's a compliion, the person doesn't know he or she has diabetes. If a shrewd friendcan see some symptoms before the compliions hit, it may give the diabetic an edge on treatment.It's also a good idea to learn some of the signs and symptoms of compliions and howto stave them offyourself. Here are some tips to help you prevent anecognize diabetes compliions. Prevention

There are some specific actions you can taketo help avoid compliions and keep them from developing. 1. Don't smoke Smoking is one of the worst things a diabeticcan do. First of all, smoking constricts blood vessels, further compliing the compromisedcirculation that comes with diabetes anyway. Secondly, smoking increases diabetics' riskof cardiovascular disease and even vision problems. So a good step toward staving offthese compliions is to stop smoking (or don't start!).

2. Take your mediion regularly To help your body stay on an even keel, it'sa good idea to take your prescribed mediion as directed. Don't selfmedie. If you wantto change mediions or try something different, make sure you do so under the care of a professional. 3. Regular checkups Getting regular physicals is important, butso are checkups specifically for your diabetes. Your visionparticular should be monitoredto prevent vision compliions such as glaucoma later on.

4. Maintain a healthy weight Eating a healthy, diabeticspecific diet andgetting enough regular exercise is key to maintaining a healthy weight. You don't wantto crashdiet, but getting on track with the right foods and activity level is a good placeto start. Recognition Recognizing compliions early can help,whether it's an urgent, shortterm compliion or a longterm one. Here are some tips. Sources say that the body parts most affectedby diabetes are:

* Eyes* Kidneys * Nerves* Heart and blood vessels * Gums* Feet Watching for abnormalitiesthese areasof the body is the first step toward recognizing any compliionsthat area. 1. Neuropathy Burning, tingling sensationsthe handsand feet, sharp nighttime pain, and difficulty walking are signs of diabetic neuropathy (nervedamage). Swollen, red feet are also a sign

of serious nerve compliions. 2. Vision problems If you have blurry vision, sudden losses ofvision, what seems like flashing light or grey, ifting films across your eyes, itcould be a sign of diabetic vision compliions. Pain and pressurethe eye are also symptoms. 3. Kidney compliions Diabetics are prone to kidney problems. Signsof kidney compliions include fatigue, poor concentration, painful urination, andor edema(puffy swelling)the abdomen, around the