The biggest contributing factor in developing diabetic neuropathy has to do with regulating blood glucose levels. The diabetics who closely monitor and regulate their glucose levels, tend not to get neuropathy, however, researchers don't understand why elevated blood sugar levels contribute to nerve damage. Another factor that leads to diabetic neuropathy is age. Since it takes time to develop, older people who have had diabetes for over 25 years or more are at greater risk for developing diabetic neuropathy, as are people who consume alcohol and smoke. Inflammation and nerve damage due to previous injury also increases the odds of developing diabetic neuropathy.
Class IV Laser Therapy benefits diabetic neuropathy because it reduces pain, reduces inflammation and accelerates healing. It reduces pain by reducing the neuronal impulses and increasing the release of endorphins. It reduces inflammation by decreasing the inflammatory factors and reduction of edema by dilating lymphatics. It accelerates healing by increasing the blood flow, releasing cytokines and stimulating fibroblast activity and collagen production.