The Diabetic Companion on Neuropathy Primer - Part 7 Neuropathy Management


Neuropathy management can be a time-consuming work of following a regimen of self-care but it must be done or run the risk to have it get into the nerves. Let’s face it, persistent high blood sugar can lead to damage in the nerves. Proof? Around half of the diabetics have diabetic neuropathy.

Neuropathy management covers a wide-ranging topic so much so we will need a number of web pages to do justice to it and to make sure it will be of help to the diabetics which is our main intention for writing this Diabetic Companion on Neuropathy. What we will do first is give a bird’s eye view of all the ways in neuropathy management and then report on the details for each one as we move along on this most important topic.

Here are the suggestions to help you manage it in a nutshell.

1. Eat Healthy

2. Exercise Regularly

3. Daily Foot Care

4. Stop Prolonged Pressure

5. Stop Smoking

6. Managing Any Medical Condition

7. Avoid Things That Can Cause Damage to the Nerves.

8. Floss and brush teeth every day.

9. Be Stress-Free

10. Get Tests and Routine Care

11. Get Enough Sleep.

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Now that we know the full view on how to manage neuropathy, let us take them one at a time and give real life examples on what and how to do each one. We know that you know most of them but isn’t it good to be reminded and have them all in place rather than have them in bits and pieces?

1. Eat Healthy To make sure we get all the essential minerals and vitamins, adhere to a meal plan of healthy eating. This means eating low-fat dairy products and meats and lots of fruits and vegetables. Eating whole grains will help, as well as drinking alcohol in moderation, if at all.


Adopting a healthy lifestyle will go a long way in preventing neuropathy. Eat a healthy diet of plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains as they can help maintain healthy nerves. Also, have the doctor check for vitamin B12 deficiency as nerve damage has been found among those deficient in vitamin B12. Ask the doctor if you need vitamin B12 supplements or eat foods rich in this nutrient like fortified cereals, low-fat dairy products, fish, eggs and meats.

The basic principle for weight loss is eat less calories than you spend on any given day. You don’t have to buy expensive weight loss programs. You can be your very own weight loss director and eat less than the calories you spend. And this certainly is part of neuropathy management.

Magic Foods: Simple Changes You Can Make to Supercharge Your Energy, Lose Weight and Live Longer (Paperback) is a book that’s divided into three sections. The first provides a basic introduction to healthy eating, with lots of advice and practical tips. The second describes some of the most commonly available "superfoods"--foods with exceptional health value and are easy to include in the diet like fruits, vegetables, grains, fats and meats with particular emphasis on foods that regulate blood sugar The third section has easy recipes that feature these foods and some meal plan ideas to get you started. 

Ask for help; the American Diabetes Association suggests the need for nutritional counselling for all diabetics and pre-diabetics. A dietician can work with the diabetics develop a meal plan that will keep the blood sugar under control and the appetite satisfied. The diet should mainly include fruits and non-starchy vegetable of all colours, whole grain carbs, lean protein and non-fat or low-fat dairy. Avoid or limit foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, sugary foods and alcohol.

You can have a treat like a cookie sometimes when your blood sugar is under control but when you do, reduce the amount of carbs from the meal like eating less bread or rice. Many foods have a low-fat, low sodium version you can get and stick to a routine of eating the same amount of food at the same time of day. This will partly solve the tricky part of knowing what to eat and when.

To ensure a balanced meal, divide the plate into two parts. Fill half with vegetables that are not starchy. Half of the other half will have a portion of lean protein while the other quarter will have the carbohydrate portion of the meal which could be whole wheat pasta, bread, brown rice or baked potato. Control or limit the portion so as not to gain weight. Maintain a healthy weight as this helps the body react better to insulin and keeps the cholesterol and blood pressure within target range.

Don’t shop for groceries when you’re hungry. If you do, chances are you will end up buying what you should not be eating like convenience foods in boxes that could be full of fat and sugar. Instead, eat a fruit before you go; it will be a reminder to buy more of the same. It is one way of neuropathy management you can do

There you have the very first thing to do in order to manage this condition. We know you must be sick of hearing this, but it is something we must do stay well. Eat healthy is a must and so is the second one which is exercise regularly. Those are essential parts of neuropathy management.

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