By Dr. Gerald Deas—In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear that expression, “You’ve got some nerve.” Well, in the family of diseases, when diabetes insults our body, it also has some nerve and can affect nerves throughout the body. The nerve pathology can occur in the feet, legs, heart, stomach, brain and even in the bladder causing you to experience symptoms. When the nerves of a diabetic become infiltrated with an unknown substance, they become very irritated and cannot conduct the impulses to different parts of the body. A common anatomical structure that becomes obviously involved is the area of the feet. This medical condition is known as diabetic neuropathy and is caused by poor control of blood sugar.
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By Dr. Gerald W. Deas
Young African Americans are at risk. They are not only dying physically but also mentally. They apparently feel that there is no hope for their future. We have to address this dismal state immediately if we are going to survive as a people.