Diabetic Neuropathy “Know-How” You Can Sink Your Teeth Into. It’s a wonder that more doctors don’t look into deficiencies, especially when it comes to neuropathy. Nutritional deficiencies are often a root cause of diabetic neuropathy symptoms. How would life be better if you could sink your teeth into delicious foods that can ease your pain?
Diabetic Neuropathy Isn’t Always About Blood Sugar
“Diabetic neuropathy” like other types of neuropathy always have multiple causes.
That’s why you can do EVERYTHING right with blood sugar management and still be in pain!
In my previous blog Diabetic Neuropathy or Deficiency I talked about how nutritional deficiencies can be a root cause of “diabetic nerve pain.” With a healthy diet full of the right foods, you may be able to reduce neuropathy symptoms at their roots.
What Vitamin Deficiency Feels Like Diabetic Neuropathy?
Nerve damage results when your body has a Vitamin B12 deficiency from lack of intake or as a result of not absorbing it.
Would you like to do a little simple “detective work” to find out how easily you might be able to get some relief?
How else would you know if you have a deficiency?
You can ask your doctor to test your Vitamin B12 levels. Don’t be afraid to ask. Your health and independence depend on it! Many doctors don't run those tests normally as they don't see the connection between deficiency and disease, but this deficiency damages healthy nerves and destroys damaged nerves.
Love Those Vitamin B Intense Foods
I can’t tell you how many diabetic patients are surprised by the results they find. Less tingling and pins and needles after adding B12 and of course managing blood sugar. Even if the pain weren't completely eliminated, wouldn't it be worth stopping the damage at its roots?
Think about it: The B Vitamins help break down the food we eat during the digestive process.
If food isn’t broken down properly, we lose vital nutrients that keep our bodies operating as they should. The better the breakdown of foods, the more easily our body can absorb the vitamins in them.
Not only do B vitamins help break food down, they are critical to nerve health and functioning.
Since peripheral nerves are the furthest away, they get what’s left over. As a result, nerves can literally starve to death regardless of how much food you consume. That means in spite of your best efforts, you can end up with disastrous results.
In fact, food cravings and overeating is often linked to vitamin deficiencies.
Overeating and nerve damage can lead to disastrous outcomes for people with diabetes.
Stomach Acid May Impact Diabetic Neuropathy Pain
Diabetic neuropathy is a challenge for adults over 50 and 60 years of age.
As you age you produce lower levels of stomach acid.
Vitamin B12 that is bound to protein requires stomach acid and gastric protease to allow vitamin B12 to be effectively absorbed.
Diabetic Neuropathy Relief May Lie In Our Ancient Heritage
So which foods are best for getting the most “B” in our diets?
Before processed foods, our ancestors lived on these kinds of foods.
Whole grains are B-rich, along with protein like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, legumes, and peanuts.
If you are vegetarian, you are at highest risk of having B12 deficiency, so you may need to find a supplement (minus “magnesium stearate” a binder that limits absorption). Make sure the supplement is of good quality and is in capsule form to aide in absorption.
Vitamin B 12 “Diabetic Neuropathy” Safe Meal Plan
Wouldn’t it be tastier to eat your way to more B12?
Wondering what to make for dinner tonight to boost B12 and still keep within your diabetic meal plan?
Three Cheers for Omega-3s
For a while now you’ve been hearing about omega-3 fatty acids and how it can help with cholesterol and joint pain. As more studies are being done, researchers are learning that they’re also great for reducing nerve pain.
Most often when we see “omega-3” it’s paired up with fish. (Those salmon kebabs are looking even better now!) But you can get your omega-3s in other foods, too.
Flaxseed, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are omega-rich and a great snack to eat (or to be sprinkled onto your favorite salad).
Green, leafy veggies are also a great source of B12.
If you’d like to start your day with an omega-3 burst, why not try a Blueberry Flaxseed smoothie?
Eat Right When You’ve Got “Diabetic Neuropathy”
You can eat right nutritionally, but you also have to remember to eat right “functionally.”
1.Meals should be enjoyed rather than inhaled
The function of proper eating provides proper digestion, and in turn, gives us better nutrition.
Sit down to your meal – no TV, no cell phones. Relax, and chew slowly and thoroughly to better absorb nutrients in your food.
2.Limit your water intake with your meal
It’s preferable to wait for 15-20 minutes after a meal before having water to drink.
Don’t dilute the digestive enzymes in your stomach working hard to break food down. You might have to start a new habit, but if you feel better, wouldn’t it be worth it?
Remember: Investigate whether Vitamin B 12 alleviates any of your symptoms. Rate your tingling, pain
and other symptoms now. Then add B12 rich foods to your diet for 7 days preferably twice per day.
After 7 days, re-rate your symptoms. And talk to your doctor about doing blood work to determine if you’re deficient. Either way, your can benefit from more B12.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to discover if your diabetic nerve pain can be improved through your diet?
If you want to go all out after dinner, incorporate movement into your life, too!
You'll have more energy and peace of mind with more vitamin B in your diet.
What's one thing you can do now to boost your chances of recovery? Take action.
To Your Good Health,