The saying, “A little bit goes a long way” can be applied to many different situations. A small amount of salt can flavor a whole dish, one drop of food coloring can change a bucket of water, and small decisions in regards to your health can have a major impact on your overall well being. This is definitely true when it comes to managing diabetes and taking steps to prevent peripheral neuropathy.
When living with diabetes, it is crucial that you keep tight control over your blood sugar levels. It takes a lot of effort, and in the beginning it can be quite daunting. The diligence will pay off, though, as you continue to live a healthy, active life. It will also keep your feet in good condition and avoid the damaging effects of neuropathy. This kind of nerve damage occurs when blood sugar levels fluctuate and are not kept within a healthy range. Constant shifts in glucose levels can actually accelerate nerve damage, making it imperative that you stay on top of it. It is a good idea to take the A1C test that measures your average blood sugar level over a period of two to three months. The results will give you a good idea of any changes that need to be made in order to prevent problems such as neuropathy.
In regards to your diet, make sure you eat enough food with vitamin B-12 to keep your nerves healthy. You can find this vitamin in meats, fish, low-fat dairy foods, and eggs. If you are a vegetarian, choose fortified cereals or ask about supplements. Regular exercise, avoiding smoking, and limiting your alcohol consumption are each important factors as well in preventing nerve damage.
This is a condition that can’t be turned around. Once the damage has been done, the only thing you can do is be proactive to stop the progression. That’s why it’s so important to prevent peripheral neuropathy in the first place. If you have any signs of tingling, numbness, or loss of feeling in your feet, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates as soon as possible. You can reach Dr. Gene Reister at our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374, or you can request an appointment online.