What is neuropathy?
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy refers to nerve damage due to diabetes that results in symptoms like pain, tinging, and numbness, mostly in the hands and feet, which can affect mood, sleep, and overall life quality.
How to prevent it from worsening
While prescription medications can help, several practices can help to prevent this condition from worsening. These include:
1. Control blood sugar
Keeping blood glucose levels in control. Increased blood glucose levels, over time, can damage the peripheral nerves, which connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Healthy blood glucose levels have been found to slow the progression of and ease the pain of diabetic neuropathy. To maintain normal blood glucose levels, it is essential to:
–> Include plenty of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains in the diet and consume moderate amounts of fish, poultry, nuts, and beans.
–> Maintain a healthy body weight.
–> Manage stress levels.
–> Try to exercise at least 30 minutes/day, 5 days/week.(this increases blood flow to the arms and legs also for an additional bonus!)
–> Take any medications and/or insulin as prescribed.
2. Over the counter
Taking over-the-counter pain relieving medications if recommended by the doctor.
3. Vitamin D
Getting enough Vitamin D, which has been found by researchers to lessen pain symptoms in people with diabetic neuropathy. Food rich in Vitamin D include salmon, canned tuna, mushrooms, eggs, and fortified milk, orange juice, yogurt, and cereals. If dietary Vitamin D intake seems insufficient, speaking with the doctor about a Vitamin D supplement may be a good idea.
4. Vitamin B
Trying a Vitamin B complex, which has been found to help alleviate pain and other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
5. Take a bath
Soaking in a warm bath, which is not only relaxing but can also help improve circulation throughout the body.
6. Care for your feet
Taking good care of your feet by cleaning and examining your feet at the end of each day and wearing comfortable shoes.
…..Remember to keep those nerves strong, healthy, and pain-free!