Prevention of Neuropathy? Here’s What To Do
Prevention of neuropathy is possible through carefully managing any medical condition, adopting healthy lifestyle habits, avoiding things that can cause nerve damage, keeping the blood sugar under control, taking care of one’s feet and drinking alcohol in moderation. This is the best way to prevent neuropathy so let us take them one at a time.
Managing Medical Condition
This means controlling the blood sugar level if you have diabetes. Talk to the doctor how this condition can be safely and effectively treated. And if you have a problem with alcohol, talk to your doctor about this as well. There will be additional coverage on keeping the blood sugar under control as that has quite a bearing on the prevention of neuropathy.
Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
With or without diabetes people have to eat healthy diets with plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Eating a well-balanced diet can help keep the nerves healthy. Insufficient amount of vitamin B 12, for example, can cause the nerves some damage. The foods rich in vitamin B-12 are fish, eggs and low-fats dairy foods and cereals that are fortified.
Fortified cereals are also good for the strictly vegetarians for they are rich in vitamin B 12 but talk to the doctor about vitamin B 12 supplements. Regular exercise of 30 minutes to one hour will also help. Then avoid things that can cause nerve damage like toxic chemicals, smoking, too much alcohol, repetitive actions, and cramped positions.
Keeping the Blood Sugar Under Control
It is essential to keep the blood sugar consistently under control to help prevent diabetic neuropathy and the complications that come with it. This is easier said than done for it requires quite a commitment and constant monitoring of the blood sugar level. Consistency is important due to the fact that swings in the blood sugar level can speed up the damage to the nerves.
If you are taking insulin you may need frequent doses of medication. Try to keep the blood sugar level as normal as possible from 70 to 130 mg/dL (3.9 to 7.2 mmol/L) before meals. As for the A1C test, aim for a reading of less than 7%. The recommendation is for the diabetics to have the A1C test twice a year, more if the blood sugar is not under control or if there is a change in medications.
Taking Care of Feet
Problems with the feet like sores that do not heal ulcers and amputation are a common complication but the prevention of neuropathy can work very well here. How is this done? Have a complete foot exam once a year, get the doctor to check your feet each time you visit his office and then take special care of your feet at home. Now let us see what you can do at home.
1. Examine your feet every day. For parts of the feet you cannot see very well, ask a family member or use a mirror. Essentially you are looking for bruises, cuts, blisters, redness and swelling, peeling and cracked skin.
2. Trim your toenails straight across carefully as diabetes may cause you to sweat less thus leading to cracked, dry skin. Take care that the surrounding area is not injured. The poor blood circulation may not allow you to reach your feet so ask your family member or the doctor or the podiatrist to do it for you.
3. Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash them every day in lukewarm water but test the water first by touching a wet facecloth to your neck or wrist as these are sensitive parts. Dry gently (including the toes) by patting as rubbing may damage the skin. Moisturize well (but not between the toes as the lotion may encourage fungal infection) to prevent cracking.
4. Wear shoes that fit well and can protect your feet from injury with flexible soles made from crepe or foam rubber and soft leather tops that can make the feet breathe and get the doctor to inspect them. Some may need custom shoes (don’t buy them if you don’t need them). Only the doctor will be able to tell if you need them and if he certifies the need, they are now covered by Medicare Part B.
If you’re travelling and walking a lot, it is wise to change shoes often to rotate the pressure points on your feet. If shoes are new before a trip, try to break them in first. When buying shoes, try them later in the day when the feet are more swollen so they will not be too tight. A podiatrist can also teach you how to buy the proper shoes. If you do, you will walk down the road leading to the prevention of neuropathy.
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5. Wear clean dry moisture-resistant socks made of cotton with no tight bands or thick seams. You don’t have to buy special socks; just get the cotton and moisture-resistant ones with no tight bands.
Hope the aforementioned list of things to do will help avoid the complications that come along with diabetes. Getting committed to things to do will certainly help. Make sure you follow the things to do for the prevention of neuropathy.
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