Diabetic neuropathies develop as a response to diabetes and an excess of glucose in the bloodstream. Nearly 60% of patients with Diabetes will develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy at some point. Nerve pain and other symptoms of diabetic neuropathy develop at various stages of a person’s life, depending on the type of diabetes they have, whether or not symptoms are detected early, and if the condition is managed promptly and correctly.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we examine all aspects of a patient’s life before determining a treatment plan. Proper footwear, exercise, and pain management strategies are necessary to properly manage debilitating symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. With 14 locations across the country, US Neuropathy Centers is the leading peripheral neuropathy specialist group in the country.
Classifying diabetic neuropathies depends if the condition is, for example:
- Asymmetric or symmetric: nerve damage to one or both sides of the patient’s body
- Sensory or autonomic: Sensory nerves transmit information from the skin to the spinal cord and brain. These nerves allow you to feel pain and pressure, for example. Autonomic nerves control bodily activities including heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
- Polyneuropathy or mononeuropathy: nerve damage to multiple nerves or to a single nerve (or nerve group)
- Entrapment or not: whether there is pressure on a single nerve or not
In many cases, more than one of the scenarios about can occur at the same time.
People with diabetic neuropathy will likely have different combinations of neuropathy characteristics. There are many medications available for symptom relief, upon prescription by a physician. Patients are also encouraged to utilize dietary modifications to control symptoms, which can include tingling feet, pain, and numb feet, for example. Please review these 8 tips for dieting as a diabetic with peripheral neuropathy.
- Limit sugar and fat.
- Have more frequent and smaller meals.
- Count your carbs.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Don’t skip meals. Some neuropathies affect the nerves which control digestion. Prevent hyperglycemia by snacking frequently and never skip meals.
- Include vitamin B12 in your diet: red meat, dairy, fish, eggs, and poultry.
- Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol has negative affects on blood sugar control.
- Replace refined grains with whole grains.
Always consult with your US Neuropathy Centers physician before altering your diet. We have locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, making US Neuropathy Centers the largest and best nerve specialist group in the United States.
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at any of our US Neuropathy Centers locations. With offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, our neuropathy experts are easily accessible and here to help.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018