Peripheral Neuropathy and Older Adults

Peripheral Neuropathy and Older Adults

Elderly neuropathy couple
Why Does Peripheral Neuropathy Affect Older People More Often?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves that carry signals between the body and the brain. It can affect people of all ages, but it is more common in older adults. There are several reasons why older people may be more susceptible:

  1. Aging: As we age, our nerves may become less efficient at transmitting signals, and they may be more prone to damage.
  2. Chronic diseases: Older adults are more likely to have chronic diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease, which can increase the risk.
  3. Medications: Older adults are more likely to take medications that can cause peripheral neuropathy as a side effect, such as chemotherapy drugs, statins, and certain antibiotics.
  4. Nutritional deficiencies: Older adults may be more susceptible to nutritional deficiencies that can cause PN, such as a vitamin B12 deficiency.
  5. Alcoholism: Chronic alcohol use can damage the nerves and increase the risk. Alcoholism is more common in older adults.
  6. Physical injuries: Older adults may be more prone to falls and other injuries that can damage the nerves.

There are many factors that can contribute to the increased risk of peripheral neuropathy in older adults. Do you suffer from any of these common PN symptoms?

  • Burning sensation
  • Tinging or pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Stabbing pain
  • Icy cold sensation
  • Can’t sleep at night
  • Balance issues

To know more about how peripheral neuropathy presents in the body and to learn how to reverse it, read more here. It is important for older adults to discuss any symptoms with their healthcare provider so that they can receive appropriate treatment and management, before it’s too late to reverse it.

If you have questions about peripheral neuropathy, contact our practice today– our team of experienced doctors and staff are happy to help answer your questions.

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