What can I do to manage diabetic neuropathy?

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As you know, diabetic neuropathy (also known as peripheral neuropathy) is a condition where you lose feeling in your feet, which may lead to infection, ulceration and eventually amputation. It is therefore very important to try and control blood sugars (through diet, exercise and medication management when applicable), in order to reduce the chances of developing neuropathy.

There are several things you can do to help control your neuropathy. Following a low carb diet can help improve your blood sugar control, and help to improve your painful neuropathy symptoms. A high blood sugar (and elevated hemoglobin A1C), will lead to further nerve damage, and progression of your neuropathy. On the other hand, a low carb diet can help improve your neuropathy symptoms.

Make sure you are eating an adequate amount of protein and fiber in your diet, and that you minimize the amount of simple and refined carbs in your meal plan. Refined and simple carbs (such as cookies, fruit juices, baked goods and candy) will raise your blood sugars, triglyceride levels and weight. Lower glycemic carbs such as non starchy vegetables, whole grains (in moderation), and a moderate amount of fruits, coupled with proteins throughout the day will help balance your blood sugar levels.

Healthy fats such as avocado, unsalted nuts and nut butters (such as unsalted/natural peanut butter or almond butter) will also be a great addition to your diet. Remember to control your portions in order to help manage your body weight. Also, increasing your intake of omega 3s (by eating more nuts and fish), can help reduce inflammation and nerve damage. Discuss the possibility of supplementing your diet with omega 3s and B vitamins with your doctor. It’s also a good idea to get tested for a gluten allergy, which could be worsening some of your symptoms.

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