Diabetic Nerve Pain? Try These 6 Tips!
Diabetic Neuropathy is nerve pain and damage of which diabetics run a high risk of developing. It may start as tingling or numbness in your feet or hands but can quickly affect other parts of your body. This can make it difficult to walk or even to feel the sensation of an oncoming heart attack.
Fortunately, if you are already following a diabetic health plan such as the plan promoted by the American Diabetes Association that is high in fruits and low-starch vegetables such as green beans and spinach, there may be no need to change your diet. As this and other dietary plans suggested by your doctor keep your blood sugar low, they also help protect your nerves from damage.
1) Remember to balance your diet. Don’t get into the “same old stuff”. Try new foods and make sure you use the pyramid to add variety while still maintaining the basics advised by your health care professional. Having Diabetes doesn’t mean that we have to do without certain foods; we just have to do it differently.
2) Don’t eat everything at once. Be sure to spread out your meals. We are all busy and planning healthy meals isn’t always easy. With diabetes, you must be conscious of what and when you eat. Be sure to eat three healthy meals a day and try for three small snacks as well. Keeping food in your system is a great way to maintain your blood sugar. Do what you can to make sure that you are eating close to the same time every day.
3) Complex Carbohydrates are Key. Simple sugars can spike your blood sugar. Complex carbohydrates not only digest more slowly but contain more nutrients and fill you up faster, reducing the chances of overeating.
4) Supersize it? NOT! Portion control is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are diet books that can aid you in making decisions while eating out. Be sure to do your research and find out what an actual “serving size” is, and stay within those portions.
5) Don’t drink Alcohol. The American Diabetes Association says that alcohol can really harm your nerves. The ADA recommends not drinking at all, but if you do drink, be sure to practice moderation. No more than two drinks for men (one for women) per day. Most importantly, if you do drink, do so with a meal or afterwards while there is food in your system. This will help avoid a rapid drop in blood sugar.
6) Watch your fat intake. Most adults who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, according to the ADA, are overweight. Losing weight not only lowers your blood sugar but can also lower your risk of stroke or heart disease as well as increase energy. Don’t rush yourself. Remember to take your time when you eat. Don’t trust that something is low-fat just because the label says do. Research may seem time consuming and annoying given the busy lifestyle of Americans these days. But remember, this is your life we’re talking about. Take time to know what’s healthy, speak with your doctor regularly and take care of yourself.
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