Diabetic autonomic neuropathy
Neurological side effects of diabetes are very common. Most people suffer from PERIFERAL NEUROPAHTY which may cause pain, numbness and burning in your feet. However, the AUTUNOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, which controls involuntary systems such as heartbeats, respiration, blood pressure and sweating can also be affected by diabetes. This complication is much more serious, and harder to diagnose and treat. We almost bought a computer that screened for this but NO insurance company would pay for it! It was a simple 15 minute test that we were going to do in the office.
There was a study in the United Kingdom presented at the annual meeting of the Diabetic Neuropathy Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes that showed a connection between the corneal nerves and disorders of the autonomic nervous system by using corneal confocal microscopy . Since every diabetic should see their ophthalmologist yearly, this may become a standard procedure along with retinal screening, and become a major tool in preventing deaths due to diabetes.