Treating Diabetic Neuropathy

One of the most difficult and frustrating things doctors and patients do together is treating diabetic neuropathy As you probably know, diabetes as well as #diabeticneuropathy, is on the rise. The reasons for this are many however it is widely agreed the most common cause is sugar and carbohydrate intake and the accompanying increase in BMI or body mass index otherwise known as weight gain.

Unfortunately, this is one neuropathy problem, especially in the early stages 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 some 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 natural “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 15g-20g per meal or snack unless you are on insulin*. This often means no more than a half a slice of bread per meal with no other carbs, minimizing starchy vegetables, and eliminating sugars. The ONLY times to add more without going crazy is if you will be engaging in HEAVY exercise within the hour.

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 doctor’s 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 chronic pain & neuropathy goes a long way towards helping you regain control of your health, and thus your life.

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The Importance of Having a Pain and Neuropathy Treatment System

Having a pain and neuropathy treatment system provides for more measurable results!

One of the most frustrating things for patients and doctors alike is not having adequate treatment plans for patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain.Too often, a haphazard approach is taken both by patients and their professionals early on, and the net result is failure, or possibly worsening of the underlying pain and neuropathy. When specific formulas are followed, you know what to expect, and how to measure your progress. Having a pain and neuropathy treatment system provides for more measurable results!

For example, most patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy know when they keep their fasting blood sugars within a healthy range, their neuropathy reacts much better. Conversely, when blood sugars are out of control due to poor dietary systems the net result is worsening of their neuropathy. And the same holds true for other facets of treatment. For example having a personal system for regular, and scheduled exercise as well as stretching and rest can make a profound difference.

The timing of dietary supplements, and even medications can make a big difference. We know for example that regularity, in terms of time of day and spacing of dosages can make a huge difference for many.We also know that when treating with our homecare pain and neuropathy treatment systems at specific times makes a huge difference and leads to bigger improvements in quality of life.

So if you find yourself not progressing as much as you would like, work more on a system and game plan for yourself. Remember no two patients are the same. Some trial with your Doctors first is necessary to find out what works best for you. But the good news is having a treatment system to follow provides for more measurable pain and neuropathy treatment results!

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Eating More Frequently May Manage Neuropathy & Weight Easier?

On the surface, a statement like that might seem wrong. After all, isn’t eating at the root of weight gain, obesity, and its complications? To a point, yes. This is especially true when we consume far more calories in one sitting then we need, and load our meals with carbohydrates and poor-quality fats. So eating more frequently may manage neuropathy and my weight easier?

Eating more frequently will stimulate your metabolism—or, how efficiently you burn versus store fat, keep your blood sugar more even, and actually help keep you warmer.

What I tell all my neuropathy patients—and, indeed, every patient—is to try to eat something not more than three hours apart.

But a little-known fact is that when we eat less frequently, we become much more efficient at storing fat rather than burning it. This is not to say periodic fasting isn’t helpful. Turns out it actually is.

So what does this have to do with managing peripheral neuropathy?

The bottom line is, eating more frequently will stimulate your metabolism—or, how efficiently you burn versus store fat, keep your blood sugar more even, and actually help keep you warmer. For patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, all of these things are crucial.

But this does not mean you can eat anything you want. What we do know is that by consuming relatively low amounts of carbohydrates in our meals, along with periodic low carb snacks, we become much more efficient metabolically. *Now, if you are an insulin-dependent diabetic, some of what I say here will not apply, so please be careful and work with your Doctor here.

What I tell all my patients is to try to eat something low carb (low carb meal or if a snack  some almonds, cashews, half a banana or apple, small salad with olive oil, small chia bar for example) not more than three hours apart. For example, you will start your breakfast with something like a protein shake, or a small serving of steel-cut oatmeal with a little added fat like Earth Balance, perhaps some berries. Approximately three hours later, you’ll have six to 10 almonds, or perhaps another lean, low-carbohydrate snack if nut allergies are a problem.

Again, this points out the need to work with well-trained neuropathy treatment professionals to truly manage your peripheral neuropathy and, indeed, your health in general.

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Neuropathy, Pain and Foot Care

Maybe you are overweight, have diabetes or maybe you’ve completed a course of chemotherapy. Or if you suffer from pain or burning in your feet, legs or hands, you’re not alone. More than half the people suffering from neuropathy and foot pain report that they’ve tried complementary treatments in addition to traditional medicine to help relieve their pain and especially improve overall health and well being.

We all need to take special care of our feet and be very aware of any sign of problems. The older we get the more important this becomes.This week let’s talk more about neuropathy, pain and foot care. There are many things you can do daily at home to help you. Here are few to really focus on.

If you are Overweight or have Diabetes tightly control your blood sugar.

This may sound like a no-brainer but many people with diabetes don’t realize how toxic high blood sugar is. High blood sugar is what causes nerve pain and damage. Keeping blood sugar levels close to normal can not only stop ongoing damage; some damage may even be reversible. That provides even more promise for fighting neuropathy pain.

Take Exceptional Care of Your Feet

Nerve pain is usually what brings people in to see their doctors. But the numbness in their feet and inability to feel even the smallest injury can lead to infections and ulceration and ultimately end in amputation. If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy you need pain and foot care. Carefully inspect your feet every time you shower and be very aware of any sign of problems. Some things you can do are:

  • Clean and inspect your feet every day. If you have any irritation or wound that’s not healing properly, get medical care immediately.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t wear shoes that pinch your toes or rub blisters on your heels.
  • Wear padded socks to cushion the ball of your feet and the heel.
  • Either cut your toenails straight across or have a professional do it for you.

All of these things can go a long way to making your quality of life with neuropathy pain and foot care as good as it can be!

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Think You May Have Neuropathy?

Think you may have neuropathy? One hundred million Americans suffer some form of chronic pain—and 25% of those suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy (PN). Unfortunately, like so many disorders, PN is reaching epidemic proportions.

Why is that? Well, it looks like many forms are lifestyle-related. The most common cause is likely related to the increasing rates of obesity and poor fitness. But because there are many different causes, it is important to work with a healthcare professional that understands this, and tries to identify any possible causes early on.

The most important thing of all while searching for possible correctable causes is to embark upon a self-treatment program early on. This includes learning more about your own health and fitness.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of maintaining proper body weight. Another immediate step you can take is limiting possible irritants and artificial sweeteners from your diet. Failing to take immediate action to help move your health in a positive direction is a big mistake.

Make every attempt to begin some non-drug therapies like nerve stimulation, laser, and physical therapy early on—even during the diagnostic process! The reason for this is quite simple: As we said, many patients search for answers, and all the while their health continues to deteriorate.Some care may dull the pain for a while. But, unfortunately, symptoms often return, with a vengeance.

Don’t let this be you. Please steer clear of the magic Google “cure” or  latest “Nerve Formula” on Facebook. Only an accurate diagnosis is the clearest pathway toward the best available treatment.

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Is LLLT Effective Pain & Neuropathy Treatment?

LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy) including LLLT and laser in human healthcare dates back to the space program of the 1990s. But is LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment? The answer is a resounding yes, IF great equipment and trained physicians are utilized.

According to SBIR/NASA, LED has been utilized as part of cancer treatment, especially for a complication called oral mucositis. LEDs have also been used for improved wound healing, as well as “speeding deconditioned personnel to full duty performance”. LED (Light Emitting Diode) usage has also been approved by the Naval special warfare command. 1

But how exactly does this work? Well, the scientific explanations are highly technical. But what has been known for centuries is that light speeds healing. Once upon a time, ill patients from infectious disease units and TB wards were rolled out into sunlight daily. Wounds that failed to heal were also exposed to sunlight.

From a simple perspective though, we know that light energy is simply clusters of photons or energy particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths.

We also know that various wavelengths of light can then have specific effects. The most important effect that may have a bearing on peripheral neuropathy and related conditions is the ability to stimulate metabolism, or cellular efficiency.

You see, all the work we have done in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy since 2008 has been focused upon improving cell energy. This also of course includes diet, exercise and certain other compounds found in nature such as amino acids, carnitine, and lipoic acid.

You probably also know we’ve extensively used electrotherapy via the NDGen® Neurostimulator.

With the combination of laser, both in clinic and at home with the Wearable Laser you see below, we are now able to expand our reach and help more patients than ever before with LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment.

Although the research is early, it is extraordinarily encouraging. Talk to our team about possibly adding light therapy to your treatment. Consider this especially if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other poor wound-healing complications.

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1 http://sbir.nasa.gov/SBIR/successes/ss/8-035text.html

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Healthy Goal Setting for the New Year

Healthy Goal Setting Can Be Hard

Have you ever started the New Year with a healthy goal and then fallen flat of your face? Well guess what, so have millions…billions of others all around the world. In fact, we all want to have the best expectations of ourselves, but too often, stress and the work load of life get in our way.

Sometimes we think stress and such are preventing us from getting where we want to go. In fact, the blatant truth is, we are what gets in the way.

You might wonder what in the crap we mean saying that we are our own worst problem. The fact is, that can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes. But, the fact remains, that’s the truth.

In order to achieve, be the best we can be and accomplish our goals (whatever they may be), we have to take care of the front lines first. That means US!

Your ability to care for yourself, plan your path and stay the course is what determines whether you will achieve that New Year healthy goal.

So, what’s the best way to make sure you are caring for yourself correctly? That’s the first step. That is to say, without good self-care, the path and what you do with it don’t really matter.

Helping you take excellent care of the whole you is just one of the things that we excel at here at neuropathyDR.com. Furthermore, our team thrives on helping our readers and our patients to be the best they can be. Those who suffer with neuropathy and chronic pain sometimes strive just to make it through the day. So, how do we control pain and move to being our best?

Using healthy goal setting is the way to start. Here are just a few ideas that our patients have shown success with. Take a look at some of our recommendations and try one out for yourself. Fulfilling healthy goals will begin to help your pain.

Healthy Goals and Pain

The truth is, whether you suffer with:

  • peripheral neuropathy
  • chronic pain due to arthritis
  • chemotherapy induced neuropathy
  • diabetic neuropathy

You can improve that number one healthy goal and gain better control of your pain and symptoms.

Some of the best ways are to use a holistic approach to your own self-care. Furthermore, through practices such as nutritional health, relaxation measures and healthy, but appropriate exercises, you can meet those healthy goals for the New Year. You can accomplish whatever it is you are seeking.

Check out some of our earlier information on nutritional health here.

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Handling The Holiday “Stress-a-Thon”

Pay particular attention to your body during the holidays, especially if you have neuropathy or chronic pain!

Even for the healthy, the holidays can be incredibly stressful.

Some surveys have even found that people are more stressed by the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas than by asking the boss for a raise!

But when you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post-Chemotherapy neuropathy

Since you now have the stress of the holidays to deal with too, your health could take a serious beating—that will take you months to recover from.

Here are some steps you can take to make the holidays (and the months following them) a little easier to deal with:

1. Understand How Stress Affects Your Body

Stress (both mental and physical) causes the body to release hormones that prompt the liver to secrete glucose. That can wreak havoc on your blood glucose levels if you suffer from diabetes. In Type 2 diabetics, stress can also block the release of insulin from the pancreas and leave that extra insulin floating around in the bloodstream. In Type 1 diabetes, the effects are a little different. Some Type 1 diabetics say that stress drives their glucose up, while others maintain that stress drives their glucose down. Either way, your energy levels are wrecked. On a good day, that can be difficult to deal with. At the holidays, it can be pure misery.

If you are feeling stressed and your energy is especially low, you are less likely to pay attention to your glucose levels, or eat as you know you should. Pay particular attention to your body during the holidays, and Handling The Holiday “Stress-a-Thon”

2. Do What You Can To Reduce Mental Stress

Many of the things that stress us at the holidays are easy to manage or control. Make your life as easy as possible during this trying time.

If traffic really works your nerves, leave home a little earlier or try getting to work by a different route and avoid the areas that are particularly congested.

If your boss is a nightmare, plan to take vacation around the holidays if at all possible, and give yourself a mental break.

Volunteer to help with the holiday activities of a local charity. Doing something good for someone else is a wonderful way to make someone else’s life better and make you feel good at the same time.

Resolve to start a new exercise program, learn a new skill, or start a hobby as soon as the holidays are over. Enlist a friend to do it with you so you can encourage each other. Giving yourself a goal and something to look forward to after the grind of the holidays is over will do wonders for your state of mind.

3. How Do You Cope?

Everyone has a coping style. Some people are the take-charge type and take steps immediately to solve their problems. Other people just accept the problem, recognize that they can’t fix it, acknowledge that it’s probably not as bad as it could be, and go their merry way. Still, others are hand wringers and feel perpetually out of control.

The take-chargers and accepters have less problems with stress, both at the holidays and on a daily basis—as a result, their blood glucose levels don’t become elevated.

4. Relax…

One of the most useful things you will ever learn (diabetic or not) is to relax. For many, the ability to relax is not natural, but it can be learned. Some ways to help you relax are:

Breathing Exercises
Sit down or lie down without your arms or legs crossed. Inhale deeply. Push as much air as possible out of your lungs. Repeat the process but , this time, relax your muscles while you exhale. Start with this exercise for 5 minutes at a time and increase your time until you’re practicing breathing at least 20 minutes at a time, once a day.

Progressive Relaxation Therapy
Tense your muscles then relax them. Lie still and repeat the process for 5 minutes at a time, at least once a day.

Exercise
We can’t say enough about the benefits of exercise. As we’ve said before, you don’t have to run a marathon to get the stress-reducing benefits of exercise. You can walk or stretch, too.

Watch Your Mindset
When it comes to reducing stress, a lot can be said for the power of positive thinking. It’s really easy to let your mind overwhelm you this time of year…

“I’ll never get it all done…”

“What if they don’t like what I give them?”

“Oh man, I have to spend time with my brother again this year…”

Just watch your mindset and you can eliminate much of the stress of the holiday season. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Say a prayer or recite a poem or a quote that makes you feel good. Think of something that makes you happy. It may sound trite, but go to your happy place.

Choose one or more of these methods to relax and do it daily. Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to us, but we can definitely learn to do it with practice, and the health benefits are beyond measure.

Face the fact that many holiday stressors are not going away. The relative you don’t get along with, the traffic, the never-ending list of things to do will always be there.

But you can learn to manage the holiday stress. And if you can learn to manage holiday stress, just think of what you can do the rest of the year.

Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ doctor or physical therapist to explore ways to handle the holiday stress-a-thon and make it a healthier and more enjoyable experience this—and every—year, even with neuropathy or chronic pain!

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Treatment System

One of the most frustrating things for patients and doctors alike is not having adequate treatment plans for patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain. We find most of the time with our new patients there has never been a real treatment system put into place.

When a piecemeal approach is taken both by patients and their professionals early on, and the net result is failure, or possibly worsening of the underlying neuropathy and chronic pain. Commonly this is the result of a number of factors and too often it’s failure to follow up on early milder issues.

But the good news is when specific formulas are followed, you know what to expect, and we then can know how to measure your progress.

For example, most patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy know when they keep their blood sugars within a healthy range, their neuropathy and chronic pain improves.

Conversely, when blood sugars are out of control, most often due to poor diet the net result is poor.

And the same holds true for other many other health issues. For example having a personal treatment system including scheduled exercise, a firm diet plan (Get Yours HERE) as well as daily stretching and rest can make a profound difference.

The timing of dietary supplements, and even medications can make a big difference. We know for example that regularity, in terms of time of day and spacing of dosages can make a huge difference for many patients.

We also know that when treating with the NDGen treatment system at specific times makes a huge difference and leads to bigger improvements in quality of life.

So if you find yourself not progressing as much as you would like, let us help you develop a real treatment system or “game plan” for yourself.

Remember no two patients are the same. Some trial and error is necessary to find out what works best for you.

But the good news is having a treatment system to follow provides for more measurable results!

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3 Pieces of Better Health

Can it really be this easy? Are there really just 3 pieces of better health? The answer is a resounding yes!

Too often, like so many things we tend to make health and even treatment of certain illnesses more complicated than they need to be. As a regular reader of our materials you understand some of this already but let’s try to put it all together today in a simple fashion.

The first piece of the 3 Pieces of Better Health, in fact the mainstay of better health and yes recovery from illness has got to be diet. A plant based Mediterranean type diet. This diet with very limited, to no animal products, plenty of healthy fats like olive and fish oil and little to no refined sugars is not only perhaps the healthiest diet but also quite likely the best for our brains and nervous systems or what we doctors call neuro-protective. So this has got to be your first priority. If you need a refresher, get your ND Diet Plan HERE

There’s no question no matter where you are that physical activity is paramount to your wellness and recovery from any illness. In fact, simply start where you are! If you’re recovering from surgery for example, use that wheelchair or walker as much as you possibly can. If you are completely mobile, walk whenever you can and in fact avoid sitting for more than 20 minutes maximum any given time. Believe or not these deliberate but simple physical activities when done consistently during our day probably do more for blood flow and strength than any other single thing you can do throughout the day. This includes going to the gym in the morning and then sitting all day on the job or at home.

Finally, so much as the written about mindset and health. Make no mistake about it your attitude, your support system, your interaction with family and those you love go a long way towards ensuring you have this third but key piece of better health. And no it’s not without demanding your own needs are met. Add in daily meditation, regular thought provoking reading and simple downtime and you literally have a lifelong winning combination.

We’ll talk much more about the key chronic pain and neuropathy treatment pieces next time and as you’ll see these 3 pieces of better health slide right in a critical way.

 Finally, please don’t make your life or health plan more complicated than it is!

 Just think of all the time, money and energy you’ll save by simply becoming self sufficient with your shopping and diet, exercising at home and daily mindset & self-care!

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