Five Ways to Take Care of Your Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

There are over one hundred different types of peripheral neuropathy that have been identified so far. However, diabetic neuropathy remains the most common type of neuropathy. Individuals suffering from diabetes deal with frequent fluctuations in their blood sugar levels and often suffer from nerve damage, requiring special care of their feet as any small cuts can lead to a larger complication. Many patients experience numbness and a tingling sensation in their extremities and a loss of sensation that may make it difficult for them to realize when they are hurt. Here are five ways you can take care of yourself and stay fit.

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Maintain stable blood sugar levels

It’s important for patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy to keep their blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Regularly checking blood sugar level helps to ensure that excessive fluctuation and exceeding the suggested limit does not occur. If this does happen, it can lead to nerve damage, affecting various body functions. Check with your healthcare provider to ensure the correct steps are being taken and avoid testing immediately after exercising or when you are nervous as your reading may not be accurate.

Balanced diet tips for diabetics

To keep yourself within the target range for your blood sugar, make sure to spread out your meals. Eat a lot of healthy carbohydrates, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat multiple smaller meals rather than two or three large meals throughout the day. Make sure to consult your physician and dietician before making any changes to your diet and food intake. Vitamins B and E are also recommended to help with the nerve damage and repair. 

Minimize smoking and limit alcohol intake

Reduce tobacco and alcohol intake as it is highly recommended to ease neuropathy symptoms and pain. Smoking can lead to an increased chance of a heart attack and other health issues. Smoking can also restrict your blood flow by narrowing the blood vessels and cause tingling sensations in your body. Support groups and therapists can help you stop smoking or drinking gradually.

Proper foot care practices for neuropathy patients

Keeping your feet covered at all times with shoes can prevent many unwanted falls and accidents. Patients with neuropathy can suffer from a loss of sensation to various stimuli. Smaller cuts can go unnoticed and later develop into a complexity. Try having a foot care routine and use mirrors to examine smaller cuts or bruises at the end of each day. Make sure your shoes are free of small sharp objects and also maintain a healthy toenail length. Your living space should be free of loose and scattered objects that can lead to possible falls.

Regular medical check-ups for neuropathy management

Regular follow-ups with your physician is the most important step to take care of yourself. Make sure to go to all your appointments and your scheduled tests. Check in with your physician as soon as you see the slightest change in your symptoms.

Making lifestyle changes may also bring relief to your chronic pain and neuropathy symptoms. We understand that living with diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be painful and frustrating, but small steps can go a long way.

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FAQs

Why is controlling blood sugar important for patients who have diabetic neuropathy?

It's important for patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy to keep their blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Regularly checking blood sugar level helps to ensure that excessive fluctuation and exceeding the suggested limit does not occur. If this does happen, it can lead to nerve damage, affecting various body functions.

How does smoking and drinking alcohol contribute to peripheral neuropathy symptoms?

Smoking can lead to an increased chance of a heart attack and other health issues. Smoking can also restrict your blood flow by narrowing the blood vessels and cause tingling sensations in your body.

Why is important for patients with peripheral neuropathy to take care of their feet?

Keeping your feet covered at all times with shoes can prevent many unwanted falls and accidents. Patients with neuropathy can suffer from a loss of sensation to various stimuli. Smaller cuts can go unnoticed and later develop into a complexity. Try having a foot care routine and use mirrors to examine smaller cuts or bruises at the end of each day. Make sure your shoes are free of small sharp objects and also maintain a healthy toenail length. Your living space should be free of loose and scattered objects that can lead to possible falls.

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