Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment And Conventional Dietary Approaches

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

What we are eating is more important than you think!

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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Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment And Conventional Dietary Approaches

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

What we are eating is more important than you think!

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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“I don’t have neuropathy symptoms; I only walk like I’ve had a few drinks”

Unfortunately, this loss of balance occurs frequently in peripheral neuropathy.

One of the more common but sometimes under diagnosed components of some forms of peripheral neuropathy is loss of balance.

Ever Feel Out Of Control With Your Neuropathy? You are NOT alone!

In the clinic, we call this “gait” changes. Of course, there are many neurologic disorders that can cause you to walk abnormally or to lose your balance.

Unfortunately, this loss of balance occurs frequently in peripheral neuropathy.  This is primarily due to changes in sensation of your feet to touch, as well as position sense, or what neurologists call proprioception.

One of the most important things to recognize is that left untreated, this problem often gets worse. It requires not only treatment for the neuropathy component but also rehabilitation to help retrain balance and coordination, wherever this is possible.

There are some very simple steps they can be taken almost immediately to prevent catastrophic falls and other side effects of this neuropathy related imbalance.

The first thing is to make sure that proper footwear is worn at all times. Secondly, remove common hazards around the household such as objects upon stairs, rugs without non-slip backing or pads, spilled liquids on the floor etc.

Be especially careful in kitchens and bathrooms.  Once neuropathy treatment has begun, your clinician will instruct you in a series of exercises to help retrain your nervous system.

This is only possible, when adequate neuropathy treatment is been able to restore sensation to the soles of your feet, and position sense to your toes and ankles.

This is why working with a NeuropathyDR treatment specialist can go along way towards not only speeding your neuropathy recovery, but also set the stage for a return to a more active lifestyle.

Remember, the sooner you act, the sooner you improve.

Please, do not wait for your situation to really deteriorate before seeking active neuropathy treatment intervention.

Good treatment for many of the more common forms of neuropathy is now available!

All you have to do is ask!!!

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“But, I only Have A Little Neuropathy…”

Saying I have a little neuropathy is just like saying I’m a little bit pregnant.

One of the things we see fairly frequently in the neuropathy treatment clinics is when patients present with the early onset of neuropathy symptoms.

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This could be due to things such as chemotherapy, statin medications, or perhaps even “pre-diabetes” now called metabolic syndrome.

Now there are cases of course where neuropathy is not long term.

This usually occurs in younger patients, who have been exposed to poisons or medications that eventually are stopped.

Unfortunately, for many adults neuropathy is a very different situation. For most of us saying I have a little neuropathy is just like saying I’m a little bit pregnant.

In order to have affective neuropathy treatment it is critical to identify correctable factors early on. This would include things such as obesity, certain medications, and lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking. Likewise, it is also very important to begin the most appropriate neuropathy treatment as soon as possible.

You see one of the things we know beyond the shadow of a doubt is that when patients begin neuropathy treatment early and seriously the long-term results are far better.

In the clinic we can find patients who treat their neuropathy early are less debilitated, and return to better function much more easily.

So what can you do? First of all, do not be a “minimizer”. When you experience symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or burning, have them thoroughly checked out as soon as possible by a licensed healthcare professional.

Next, help your clinicians help you by fully revealing your family history, medication usage and other factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption et cetera.

Lastly, learn the importance of good homecare programs. NeuropathyDR homecare programs can speak your progress as well as improve your neuropathy treatment results, often times dramatically.

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The Importance of Great Shoes in Neuropathy Treatment

  The shape of your feet changes with age, swelling, as well as peripheral neuropathy.

Are your shoes supporting your feet properly?

One of the issues we see very frequently in the neuropathy patient is fitting shoes comfortably.

It is very easy to take for granted the role that proper footwear has on your level of comfort. That is of course unless you suffer from peripheral neuropathy.

There are all a whole host of other conditions that occur with neuropathy that can slow down or complicate recovery. This includes common things such as flatfoot or having conditions like plantar fasciitis.

There are however some very simple things you can do. Number one, visit a traditional foot and shoe store and have your feet properly measured.

The reason for this is the shape of your feet changes with age, swelling, as well as peripheral neuropathy. Muscle changes, which accompany neuropathy, are responsible for this.

The neuropathy patient should take advantage of the expertise of their clinician too. Ask questions about the most appropriate footwear for you. Learn some basics about proper shoe construction such as the shape of the last and the strength of the heel counter.

Sometimes, “diabetic” shoes better holds inserts, which your clinician may prescribe. These may also allow for better circulation and less neuropathy pain.

We find that many neuropathy patients have excellent relief by wearing running shoes most of the time. The reason for this is the combination of shock absorption and breathability is helpful for many patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

This is one area where consulting the properly trained neuropathy treatment specialist can be of huge benefit!

Do not ignore your shoes!

These are in fact the foundation of your daily recovery homecare programs and are very important in getting you active again, back on your feet!

You will also find our recent radio show on http://beatingneuropathy.com and the associated videos on http://YouTube.Com/NeuropathyDoctor very helpful.

Recover faster from your neuropathy treatment by wearing the very best shoes you can find!

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The Problem with Treating all Neuropathy Patients the Same

Sometimes, peripheral neuropathy accompanies other medical conditions.

Recently, I had the opportunity to read an article written about neuropathy treatment. This article was written directly for neuropathy treatment patients.

Now maybe you even saw this yourself. It has been widely publicized as a neuropathy treatment solution in a bottle.

As I read through the article I couldn’t help but think of the patients I’ve seen in my clinic that have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, when in fact they have another serious underlying health problem.

Unfortunately, this is not at all uncommon. I recently had this discussion with another doctor who repeated the same thing to me.

The fact of the matter is not every patient with a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy has had it confirmed. Far too often, the problem turns out to be something else.

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Treating patients with neuropathy requires great skill, with much time dedicated to proper assessment and evaluation. Sometimes, peripheral neuropathy accompanies other medical conditions.

And that is why it is very important before beginning any extended program of neuropathy treatment to most accurately understand what may be causing your symptoms.

It is also very important to stress that any neuropathy treatment at home must not be harmful.

Too often, patients with peripheral neuropathy have impaired sensation, and judgment affected by medication. This is one of the things that make self-treatment and home care without supervision potentially dangerous

There are also drug/diet supplement interactions, which can be potentially dangerous. A common one is Coumadin and Co Q10. Then there is the potential interaction with acetyl l Carnitine with thyroid, HIV and many chemotherapy drugs.

 

The bottom line is that only the trained neuropathy treatment specialist knows for sure.

When in doubt seek competent professional care before moving forward on any home neuropathy treatment.

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Why is Neuropathy so Hard to “Cure”?

There are well over a hundred different things that can cause neuropathy.

This is a question we get a whole lot. And you would think there would be an easy answer.

The correct answer is, “cure” depends upon what causes your particular neuropathy.

You see, there are well over a hundred different things that can cause neuropathy. If you read us on a regular basis you know that everything from infections to certain drugs and diseases like diabetes cause neuropathy.

We recently talked about Lyme Disease as a cause of neuropathy. That is a good example of a condition that still gets missed in milder early cases and underlying damage gets done. That’s when neuropathy can take really hold.

Relief from Neuropathy symptoms.

Unfortunately, these conditions in and of themselves can be complicated to treat. Generally speaking, treat the underlying cause and you have a better shot at controlling and possibly “curing” the neuropathy.

This however is not always possible in cases where permanent nerve damage has been done. This commonly occurs in long standing diabetes.

Some cases where we do see good reversals approaching a “cure” are in some of our chemotherapy cases. Not only to pain, tingling numbness and burning get better but so do measurable changes like sensation, vibration and skin temperatures.

This is why it’s very important to work with knowledgeable professionals. And only those with the proper training and expertise.

In any patient with neuropathy, we train our clinicians to be ever vigilant for multiple causes of neuropathy.  Multiple factors in the same patient are also very common.

For example, often we have patients who smoke, eat poorly, are overweight, take Statins (cholesterol drugs) and blood pressure medications.

Each one of these is a neuropathy risk factor

So this not so hypothetical patient has FIVE factors, which may have caused individually or jointly contributed to their neuropathy.

So you can see, the more you know about neuropathy; the more you can fix, and then help yourself recover and “cure” wherever possible!

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What’s The Best Neuropathy Treatment?

Some common conditions can masquerade as peripheral neuropathy.

This is a question we get all the time. I wish it were easy to answer.

But it’s not. That is unless of course you are sure you actually have neuropathy!

Some neuropathy treatments when probably applied can be a godsend. They help many patients’ recover, sleep better function better improve mobility strength and even endurance.

Others have no merit at all.

Most drugs only mask symptoms and do little or nothing to improve nerve function.

Does your clinician know your full medical history?

But one of the problems we are seeing more and more is when patients self diagnose, or are wrongly diagnosed, and then apply treatments which are ineffective.

There are for example some things, which can masquerade as peripheral neuropathy. One of the most common is disc disease of the spine. When spinal disks herniate, or bulge centrally they can irritate your spinal cord and adjacent nerve roots creating symptoms, which mimic those due to other conditions such as diabetes.

Another common condition is spinal stenosis, even when the stenosis (which simply means narrowing) occurs in the neck or cervical spine.

A couple other conditions, which can masquerade as peripheral neuropathy, include RSD, MS or multiple sclerosis, and rarely infections involving the spine or nervous system.

This is why is very important to get an accurate diagnosis FIRST wherever possible. Make sure your clinician has ruled out all possibilities.

Help your neuropathy treatment clinician by revealing all trauma, surgeries, and even medication exposures, even if you think they are not significant.

By doing this, you will be paving the way for more effective neuropathy treatment.

As I tell new clinicians we train on a regular basis, working with peripheral neuropathy patients requires extreme diligence. Often times we find patients have more than one condition existing at the same time.

Unless your neuropathy treatment clinician is a specialist they may overlook or miss these things that maybe related your symptoms.

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Why does my Neuropathy Diet taste so Bland?

Unfortunately, too many people are used to highly processed and salted foods, so their neuropathy diet tastes bland.

One of the things that we hear very often when getting patients to shift their diets is how to make fresh food taste great. Unfortunately, too many people are used to highly processed and salted foods. When we consume these foods over long periods of time, our taste buds often need adjustment when we begin to eat better.

Another factor of which a lot of neuropathy patients are unaware of is that good digestion begins in our mouths. It is important to understand especially as we consume more vegetables and complex carbohydrates that properly chewing of our food actually begins good digestion.

The good news is that proper digestion can actually make you feel a whole lot better!

Very often, in the neuropathy treatment clinic we see patients that have been diagnosed with chronic G.I. issues. This can include things like ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, or worse.

What we are eating is more important than you think!

Very often, these digestive issues are related to stress and years of poor diet.

It if you watch enough television or read enough magazines you would almost think this is normal.

The truth of the matter is that shifting your diet to more whole foods can result in some amazing changes, not the least of which is improvement in neuropathy symptoms. Of course, this is not the entire picture and all underlying neuropathy causes must be treated.

However, when neuropathy treatment patients shift their diets they often start to feel better than they have in years!

The reason for this is simple. Whole foods contain more water, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are also high in critical antioxidants and other very important factors like the minerals sulfur and magnesium.

Consumption of specific vegetables like asparagus on a regular basis can help your body detoxify faster and more efficiently.

One of keys to neuropathy treatment success is gradually improving your lifestyle and diet. Take advantage of all the information we have regarding food preparation.

In particular, listen to my recent radio interview with natural food chef and TV host Andrea Beaman. Andrea and I discussed together value of learning to use proper spices, as well as consuming local and fresh produce, wherever possible.

One final word on diet and neuropathy treatment.

Make sure any dietary changes are done gradually.  And if you have any questions at all consult your NeuropathyDR® clinician who also has training in the appropriate dietary regimens impossible supplementation.

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Isn’t My Neuropathy Treatment Working?

The bottom line is your body is very sensitive to environmental changes.

“Why Do I Feel so Lousy?” This is one of things we hear very often from neuropathy patients, “It’s such a nice day, while I feel so lousy?”

Sometimes, it’s easy to put your finger on the reason why. For example you fail to eat properly. You over exercise. You under exercise. But lately you’ve been eating better and drinking lots of water but sometimes, you feel lousy for seemingly no reason at all.

It could be, that you are suffering from what neuropathy treatment specialists call “denervation super sensitivity”.

Now, that sounds like a mouth full. And at first glance it is!

The bottom line is your body is very sensitive to environmental changes. These could include things such as temperature, humidity, and other environmental changes.

Is it sunny and warm or hot and humid today?

The reason for this is that when nerves are damaged they become hypersensitive to environmental changes. This is not an old wives tale.

A very common scenario is when an approaching storm seemingly increases your level of pain and discomfort oftentimes dramatically.

It is a well-known phenomenon that anybody familiar with neuropathy treatment pain, or patients that suffer from neuropathy and chronic pain for a long time.

Some of my patients even joke that they have become walking barometers.  Now there’s nothing you can do to change the weather. However there are some things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Number one, make sure you maintain as even environmental temperature and humidity level as you possibly can in your home and car.

Number two, keep yourself away from draft exposure. Even on relatively warm days, you need to make sure that you’re protected from wind and drafts.

Lastly, armed with this knowledge plan on extra treatment at home or maybe even in the clinic during times of flare-up

The most important thing of all though?

Recognize that your body while suffering from neuropathy is very sensitive and take steps to protect it.

This is one of the reasons, we advocate every neuropathy treatment patient owns their own homecare kit which can give you invaluable relief during the times of flare-up, during the middle the night, weekends, and even for breakthrough pain.

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