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Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy

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Overview

Diabetic autonomic neuropathy is damage to the autonomic nerves caused by diabetes. These nerves control things like your heartbeat, blood pressure, sweating, digestion, urination, and sexual function.

Heart and circulatory system problems

Diabetic autonomic neuropathy may damage the nerves in the heart and circulatory system, causing a:

Sweating and temperature regulation problems

Autonomic neuropathy may affect the nerves that control sweating.

Digestive system problems

Damage to the nerves of the stomach and intestines may cause:

Sexual function and urination problems

Nerve damage may cause problems with the bladder and sex organs. Common problems include:

Treatment for diabetic autonomic neuropathy

Treatment focuses on managing the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy. For example, taking medicines and eating small, frequent meals that are low in fiber and fat may help digestive problems like gastroparesis. Or you may take medicines for urinary or blood pressure problems. Medicines, lubricants, and creams may help with sexual problems.


Créditos para Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy

Current as of: April 13, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Karin M. Lindholm DO - Neurology


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