Treating Diabetic Neuropathy
Many patients with diabetes will develop a condition called peripheral neuropathy, which is characterized by a lack of feeling or numbness in the extremities. The cause of this loss of feeling is from damage to the nerve endings created by high blood sugar. Since this reduced sensation often affects the feet, one has to be very careful with any cuts, bruises, or blisters since they can go unnoticed and rapidly become infected leading to foot ulcers and possible amputation.
If you have diabetes, you already know how important it is to take care of your feet by managing your illness and following your doctor’s prescriptions. The importance of a good diet cannot be overemphasized, and the consumption of vital nutrients can even reverse or prevent diabetic nerve damage. It is important to consume foods that are rich in B vitamins to help nerves better communicate with each other. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E will help slow down the aging process and help the nerves to heal. Minerals such as magnesium and copper are also essential for the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin.
Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is a great way to get many of these essential nutrients. Also include fish, low fat meats, whole grains, and low fat dairy products in your diet. Some patients with gluten sensitivity may benefit from avoiding foods containing barley, wheat, and rye. Alcohol consumption should also be stopped or greatly limited since it can exacerbate neuropathy symptoms.
By being proactive to keep your nerves in good shape, you can slow or stop peripheral neuropathy and prevent debilitating complications.
For more expert advice on diabetes treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!