Six Tips for Living with Diabetic Neuropathy

Six Tips for Living with Diabetic Neuropathy
At least 60-70% of people with diabetes will develop diabetic neuropathy, but symptoms can take years to appear (niddk.nih.gov, 2018). Research suggests that consistent high blood sugar levels cause surrounding nerve damage in patients with diabetes. This resulting nerve damage is referred to as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and symptoms include mild to chronic pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness affecting your feet, legs, arms, or hands.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in San Ramon at (925) 393-0100 to schedule a consultation. We have a variety of nonsurgical solutions to successfully treat pain arising from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Call our office to see how we can help you today.

At SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy, we’ve successfully treated patients with diabetic neuropathy and helped them get back to enjoying a pain-free life. We’ve gathered our top six tips for living with diabetic neuropathy to help you reduce your symptoms, or the likeliness of experiencing early symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Prevention and treatment begins with proper diabetic care.

  1. Manage Your Blood Sugar Levels
    Check your blood sugar level throughout the day to prevent nerve damage in the future. Keep in mind that it should never be too high or too low; low blood sugar levels can lead to other side effects like dizziness.
  2. Practice Proper Footcare
    Avoid walking barefoot. Numbness, a common neuropathic symptom, can prevent you from noticing any cuts or injuries to the feet, which can lead to infection. To prevent this, avoid walking barefoot and make sure to wash, dry, and moisturize your hands and feet consistently.
  3. Control Stress Levels
    Hormones released during feelings of stress can increase blood sugar. Find a relaxation method that works for you and avoid stressing out to support proper blood sugar regulation.
  4. Exercise Consistently
    Patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy can develop depression from chronic pain or loss of mobility. Practice exercising consistently to help control blood sugar, reverse symptoms of depression, and improve overall circulation. Find a painless workout method that is right for you. Diabetic neuropathy can cause sharp feet pain, turning simple tasks like walking into an uncomfortable challenge. Call us to find out ways you can exercise even with peripheral neuropathy.
  5. Maintain a Balanced Diet
    Try a low carb diet. Carbs break down into sugars and are transferred to your blood stream. Make sure to eat a balanced diet and watch your carbs and sugar intake. Stay hydrated by drinking water and avoiding sugary sodas and juices. Drinking water aids in regulating blood sugar and flushes excess sugar and toxins through your kidneys.
  6. Avoid Heavy Smoking
    Smoking slows down your blood circulation, meaning that nerves throughout your body may not be receiving the right nutrients delivered through your blood stream. Cut back on smoking to improve blood circulation.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to reduce pain from diabetic neuropathy and the likeliness of experiencing early symptoms if you were recently diagnosed with diabetes.

At SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in San Ramon, we have a range of nonsurgical treatments to reduce pain and other symptoms you’re experiencing from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Don’t let pain stop you from enjoying your everyday life.

Call SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in San Ramon at (925) 393-0100 to schedule a consultation and find out how we can you’re your symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

If you have developed peripheral neuropathy from diabetes and are becoming depressed as a result, we may have a solution for you. Contact SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy today at (925) 393-0100 to schedule a free consultation. Don’t wait! The sooner you can treat peripheral neuropathy; the sooner you will feel better. Call (925) 393-0100 now!

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