Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment And Conventional Dietary Approaches

Diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise.

One of the most difficult and frustrating forms of peripheral neuropathy we treat is caused by diabetes.

As you probably know, diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise. The reasons for this are many however it is widely agreed the most common cause is the significant increase in BMI or body mass index otherwise known as weight gain.

Unfortunately, this is one neuropathy problem that is not treated aggressively enough. Too many patients are simply told to lose a little weight, get more exercise etc. without any meaningful specifics.

Worse yet, very common hospital-based diabetic nutrition programs are still far too high in carbohydrates, as are some very famous diet programs.

This also includes programs still prescribed by nutritionists who treat diabetics. In our opinion, this has perpetuated problems with weight control in diabetes.

We also see people eating so-called healthy diets, which are loaded with sugars, this commonly includes diets rich in fruits and grains.

The most important thing to realize in the treatment of diabetes and its cousin metabolic syndrome is that carbohydrates in your diet must be significantly controlled.

This means that carbohydrates need to be restricted to approximately 15 g per meal. For some of you, this will come as a shock.

This means no more than a half a slice of bread per meal with no other carbs, minimizing starchy vegetables, and eliminating sugars.

*Now this also means you will need to work with your doctors and nurses to adjust your medication dosages, especially, if you are insulin-dependent. Do not make these suggested changes without your doctors’ knowledge or consent.

Getting very strict about carbohydrate control and realizing that conventional nutrition approaches may not be enough to manage your weight, diabetes, but most especially your neuropathy goes a long way towards helping you regain control of your health, and thus your life.

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Peripheral Neuropathies

Are All the Peripheral Neuropathies the Same?

No. All the peripheral neuropathies are not the same.

We find, though, that the patients who present with peripheral neuropathy, regardless of the cause, do have remarkably similar symptoms.

The good news with our treatment program has been that even in the presence of similar symptoms from different etiologies (causes), the corrective care for is often remarkably effective regardless of the primary cause. That is the beauty of the treatment system that we have been able to employ.

In order to find out what components of peripheral neuropathy you have, your doctor will conduct a very thorough evaluation. This will include things such as your vital signs, body mass index, the mobility and range of motion of your lower back and hips, and the overall health of your feet, skin, nails and hair, blood vessels and circulation. This might include Doppler ultrasound, a simple painless test to check for blood flow or blockages.

As the doctor performs her clinical examination, she’ll also perform a very thorough neurological examination including reflexes, muscle-testing, and sensation to touch using a device as simple as a pin, a brush or perhaps even a pinwheel. Doctors commonly will also check your vibration sensation, which very often is disturbed in peripheral neuropathy. This is done painlessly and very easily through the use of simple tuning forks. Your balance will be assessed.

Laboratory tests may very well be performed. These would include things such as a chemistry panel, kidney and liver function. Your doctor will also want to double check your blood sugar levels and more than likely perform a hemoglobin A1c.

This particular test is very good at identifying patients who may be borderline diabetic. I have found many patients who present with neuropathy symptoms have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes but may very well suffer from what’s called a metabolic syndrome.

This is when your body abnormally handles blood sugar, which may unfortunately lead to the development of neuropathy and other diabetic complications well before the formal diagnosis is made. You and Your healthcare professionals need to be aware of this research as well, two of the best synopses from the National Library of Medicine which are on-line.

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Making Your Neuropathy Diet Count

Always remember, the foundation of your best neuropathy treatment at home should be the neuropathy diet.

In the past, I’ve talked about how simple a neuropathy diet can—and should—be most of the time.

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Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

Do you remember why we eat? It’s to provide fuel and “building blocks” so our bodies can function smoothly and repair themselves. Thinking very consciously about this really can help you change your old habits.

One of the biggest things I find that helps us is always having a powerful image of how we want to feel and function! Think about it. Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

In the case of pain, we are trying to stop or reduce “Inflammation”, the cause of much pain and suffering.

Neuropathy patients especially need to be able to repair their bodies better, maintain even blood sugar, and also provide things like magnesium and vitamins.

In neuropathy, magnesium can help ease pain and restore better sleep. In our neuropathy diet, this would be from eating our leafy green vegetables, fruits and nuts.

The B-Vitamins, especially, help our nerve cells work better. A key neuropathy vitamin is B1, or thiamine. This one is crucial in neuropathy and diabetes as it helps your body “burn” starches and sugars, commonly called “carbs”.

This you’ll get from eating nuts and lean proteins like omega-3 eggs. Cereals are limited in the neuropathy diet, but small portions like a quarter cup (hint: always measure) can help your belly work better and help keep cholesterol levels in check.

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with ¼ cup gluten-free granola with almonds, then, add 1 tablespoon of soy or vegetable protein powder, and finally a splash of soy or almond milk. You’ll be keeping your carbs around 15-20 grams and be getting a head start on vitamins if you do this right.

A final word about neuropathy treatment supplements: neuropathy treatment supplements are often advised in the NeuropathyDR clinics, always under supervision, and knowing what medicines you may be taking.

Always remember, the foundation of your best neuropathy treatment at home should be the neuropathy diet.

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Neuropathy Treatments That Really Do Work!

Neuropathy treatments that really do work depend upon the skill of highly trained clinicians to choose exactly the correct therapies for you.

 

If you look at the Internet like most patients do several times a day, you have no doubt searched for “neuropathy treatment”. Probably many times. You have also spent a lot of time in chats and you probably even belong to groups.

Your probably saw us on-line, maybe on Facebook “Beating Neuropathy”. Maybe you saw our neuropathy treatment book in a bookstore and grabbed it!

And if you are like most of the new neuropathy patients we see in the NeuropathyDR clinics, you may be disappointed to see that so little is actually written about effective neuropathy treatment. This is really true when it comes to medical treatments of neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain.

Usually, some single drug, or drug combination is talked about. Then maybe some surgical or other radical procedures to cut or numb damaged nerves are described.

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Knowing which techniques are right for you!

Now I’ll talk about this again, but the reality most of the time, is that no single therapy used by itself makes for good neuropathy treatment!

That is simply because neuropathy treatment success is often complicated.

And that is because neuropathy itself can be complicated.

Neuropathy treatments that really do work depend upon the skill of highly trained clinicians to choose exactly the correct therapies for you.

Neuropathy treatment specialists like those in our practice know this and work first to understand everything they possibly can about your condition.

And just as importantly, trained neuropathy treatment specialists also know what therapies not to use, or may be harmful.

Our experience is that some treatment combinations for neuropathy can be very powerful!

For example, when we first started to use electro therapies, we discovered adding additional and sometimes simultaneous applications of different neuropathy treatments worked far better than one just by itself!

So, as you can see, there is no one size fits all answer for effective neuropathy treatments.

But with the combined effort of many neuropathy treatment centers, we have a darned good idea of what works most of the time!

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Developing a Better Neuropathy Treatment Self-Care Plan

Do you have your list of “Things which May be making my Neuropathy Worse”

If you’re reading this now, you understand that so much of getting better with neuropathy and chronic pain is a do-it-yourself project.

How is your lifestyle affecting your neuropathy treatment?

It is also unrealistic for any doctor to say or any patient to assume that his or her own self-care does not have a major impact on their health, and yes of course recovery from any illness.

Because so many people find the topic so overwhelming, what I suggest is that you start by making very simple list.

For example, do you have the more common known risk factors that can cause or aggravate many forms of neuropathy? This includes things like cigarette smoking, being as little as 15 to 20 pounds overweight, being inactive or sedentary, and consuming too much alcohol?

Do you take statin medications because your diet has been so poor?

You see all of these things can aggravate neuropathy and chronic pain.
Perhaps there are genetic or family issues, which you cannot change completely. But could you do a better job of taking care of yourself?

Could you walk more, stretch, take your supplements, and watch the timing and composition of your meals? Could you do a better job of working on your stress, your high blood pressure and migraines? Are you regularly exercising, and taking “time-outs” every day for meditation or prayer?

So, one of the most important things you can do right now is to make a list for yourself.

The title of this list is “Things which May be making my Neuropathy Worse.” Share this only with yourself and your health care professionals.

And then, choose one thing to work on today! Rather than becoming overwhelmed, it is much more productive to focus on one change at a time. Once that change has been activated, move onto the next. And so on, one day at a time.

When you start behaving in this way, you’ll likely find better neuropathy treatment results, and more success from working with your neuropathy treatment professionals!

This is after all is why many hundreds more patients are joining our ranks every week, and we so thank you for being part of our extended family!

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Would you hit a Fly with a Sledgehammer?

Then why are clinicians prescribing invasive methods of treatment for any condition before more simple and often times old fashioned common sense methods?

Of course not.

Sometime common sense methods are easily ignored.

Why then has so much about modern healthcare for what were once relatively simple to manage conditions become just like this?

One of the most recent examples has been highlighted by the deaths and serious infections due to contamination of steroids and drugs administered for back pain and spinal injections.

Now it’s not of course that these don’t have a place. They do.

What I have issue with is when invasive methods of treatment for any condition are prescribed before more simple and often times old fashioned common sense methods of management for spine pain including modified rest, exercise, traction, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, and noninvasive therapy modalities.

The same could also be said for many of the other conditions that we now treat with drugs instead of lifestyle and behaviors FIRST.  This includes GERD, minor depression, sleep disturbance, fibromyalgia, and other forms of chronic pain.

Furthermore, third-party payers and insurance companies do not help the situation because often reimbursement is provided for invasive and expensive procedures and simple modalities are simply considered “not medically necessary”. There is no common sense in any of this!

I’m old enough to remember when this was never the case. Unfortunately, it’s also been very difficult to change. However there are some things you can do.

First of all, always inquire about inexpensive and noninvasive procedures when considering any healthcare choice. This is especially true in spine pain and peripheral neuropathy.

For example, too often patients with peripheral neuropathy are treated with expensive medications with significant side effects before exploring possible underlying causes that are easily correctable such as obesity and metabolic syndrome.

And very often patients tell us the side effects from the treatment with medications and invasive injections for pain are worse than the disorder itself!

But there are some things you can do, and one of them you’re doing right now.

And that is to learn everything you can to become your own health care advocate.

Now this is a situation that also has significant ties to politics and government, I’ll let you have those discussions on your own.

However if you like my input, I’m more than happy to contribute!

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It’s Not Just My Neuropathy!

”Why do I just feel so lousy all the time?”

This is something that unfortunately is becoming more rather than less common in our NeuropathyDR clinics.

Have you kept a log recently to see exactly what you are eating?

You see, there is a tendency now for people not to prepare or consume fresh foods, especially vegetables. Too often, fast food works its way into our diets.

As for people with peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain, this is like pouring gasoline on fire!

The reason for this is that poor food choices raise blood fats and blood sugars. When blood sugar is increased, some of the sugar molecules tend to attach to proteins; proteins like those that help make up our muscles and skin.

This then leads to achiness, stiffness, and quite possibly inflammation. For the peripheral neuropathy sufferer, regardless of the cause this typically poor diet seems to make it worse.

Increased sugar consumption in addition to aggravating your underlying neuropathy, will cause you to gain weight, lose energy and sleep more poorly.

The good news is however when you make deliberate changes to when and how you are eating, you often times will find yourself feeling better than ever!

So, how do we do this without becoming overwhelmed?

The simplest way to do this is to keep a food diary or record for a week. Keep track of everything you consume. You may be shocked at how much sugar is in things like soda, ice cream, and other things that may have become a staple for your diet.

You, like most neuropathy patients probably know you should be eating better.

When neuropathy patients write all this down, changes are much easier for us to help you with.

Always remember, neuropathy is often times a manifestation, or made worse by poor metabolism, secondary to poor diet and lack of enough activity.

Improving both of these can often improve most forms of peripheral neuropathy!

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When Neuropathy Treatment Diet Changes are Not Enough

Many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Last time, we spoke about the impact of diet selection especially carbohydrate consumption on diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

What are you eating to help your neuropathy?

Now the reality is because many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets that maintaining bodyweight and overall body composition is critically important to beating neuropathy.

But sometimes, simple dietary changes are not enough and a more radical approach is necessary. This is where professionally supervised weight loss programs and dietary retraining can be incredibly powerful. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

One of the systems we have had a lot of experience in is the Take Shape for Life® program. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

This system allows you to finally gain control of your diet, by teaching carbohydrate and calorie restriction, food selections, meal timing and what TSFL has called the Habits of Health®.

If you continue to struggle with your weight, or body composition you need to explore this treatment option. This system is based upon the Medifast® family of products.

This program, which we administer in three phases, consists of meal replacements, changing your dietary habits to vegetable-based with lean proteins, adequate water consumption, followed by a smooth transition back to healthier neuropathy treatment type diets.

The program has proven extraordinarily beneficial for diabetics.

Keep in mind, getting your metabolism, that is your weight and body composition under control is a key step towards…

It goes without saying that you will look better, feel and function better mentally, physically, and usually spiritually as well.

If you’d like additional information, contact your local NeuropathyDR Treatment Center and ask what the Take Shape for Life program can do for you.

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When Neuropathy Treatment Diet Changes are Not Enough

Many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Last time, we spoke about the impact of diet selection especially carbohydrate consumption on diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

What are you eating to help your neuropathy?

Now the reality is because many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets that maintaining bodyweight and overall body composition is critically important to beating neuropathy.

But sometimes, simple dietary changes are not enough and a more radical approach is necessary. This is where professionally supervised weight loss programs and dietary retraining can be incredibly powerful. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

One of the systems we have had a lot of experience in is the Take Shape for Life® program. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

This system allows you to finally gain control of your diet, by teaching carbohydrate and calorie restriction, food selections, meal timing and what TSFL has called the Habits of Health®.

If you continue to struggle with your weight, or body composition you need to explore this treatment option. This system is based upon the Medifast® family of products.

This program, which we administer in three phases, consists of meal replacements, changing your dietary habits to vegetable-based with lean proteins, adequate water consumption, followed by a smooth transition back to healthier neuropathy treatment type diets.

The program has proven extraordinarily beneficial for diabetics.

Keep in mind, getting your metabolism, that is your weight and body composition under control is a key step towards…

It goes without saying that you will look better, feel and function better mentally, physically, and usually spiritually as well.

If you’d like additional information, contact your local NeuropathyDR Treatment Center and ask what the Take Shape for Life program can do for you.

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