Chronic Pain, Neuropathy And The Blood Sugar Connection Part II

Chronic Pain, Neuropathy And The Blood Sugar Connection Part II

Today, we’ll continue to talk about Chronic Pain, Neuropathy And The Blood Sugar Connection

Diabetes and metabolic syndrome are two diseases that are becoming much more common. Although there are genetic contributions, most of the time metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes develop because of a declining level of physical fitness and carrying around too much body fat.

Our so-called modern high-fat and high sugar diets are a big contribution. Most adults need only 2000 calories or so per day yet some people consume as much as 6000 calories or more per day for years on end.

Diabetes and it’s precursor called the metabolic syndrome, are two diseases that in the most simplistic terms usually as the result of consuming too many calories and lack of physical activity and exercise. One of the most devastating things that tends to happen as a direct result of metabolic syndrome and in a large number of patients who suffer from diabetes is chronic pain and peripheral neuropathy.

Most often this does not happen overnight. It takes many years for these to develop and by that time, considerable damage often has been done. This is why it is so important to control your calorie intake and maintain the highest level of physical activity you can at any age!

Once the damage from elevated blood sugar is done, simply getting sugars under control is not enough! This is a myth that both physicians and patients alike don’t fully understand. There are good studies that show 75% of time just getting sugars back under control is not enough – you could be left with significant pain and disability if your focus is only treating the elevated blood sugar!

This is where a comprehensive treatment plan may help you substantially! Remember, we are here to help. We will do everything in our power to help you back to health, but YOU must reach out and grab it!

Otherwise you run the risk of suffering miserably for the rest of your life.

Harsh words? Yes. But it is the truth. Our team is ready when you are either via Televisits or in person clinic care!

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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy. Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  on our main website HERE

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Why Carb Control Can Help Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, and Many Forms of Chronic Pain

Why Carb Control Can Help Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, and Many Forms of Chronic Pain

Carb control can help neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and many forms of chronic pain. 

As a regular reader you understand—in part, at least—the importance of controlling carbohydrates in our diets.

There are two forms of carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include things like refined sugar, which is commonly contained in cookies, cakes, sodas, ice cream, etc. You probably also know that these items are nowhere in the NeuropathyDR Diet & Lifestyle Plan!

There are also complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are manly starches like those found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.

The most dangerous part of high simple carbohydrate consumption is that it simply causes us to gain weight unnecessarily. The mechanism by which this happens is relatively complex.

In a nutshell, high carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to produce excess insulin. Production of extra insulin actually causes a number of things to occur, but the most important is lowering of blood sugar by driving excess calories into fat cells. This is how excess carbohydrates in our diet causes us to gain weight, seemingly very rapidly.

Carrying excess body fat can elevate blood sugars and triglycerides over time. Even mildly elevated blood sugars can cause some of these sugars to attach to protein molecules, causing at a minimum more body stiffness and likely contribute to chronic pain. 

Another factor which many patients are unaware of is carrying excess body fat can elevate blood sugars and triglycerides over time. Even mildly elevated blood sugars can cause some of these sugars to attach to protein molecules. This is responsible for making us feel very stiff and sore.

This also makes it more difficult for our bodies to regulate insulin levels.

Of course, this response is dramatically altered in patients who are diabetic, creating all types of dangerous health effects, including eye disease, kidney disease, and of course peripheral neuropathy and other forms of chronic pain.

The good news is, pre-diabetes and borderline diabetes can often be controlled—and sometimes reversed—by improving the quality of our diet.

The sooner we spring into action, the better our chances of impacting our current and future health.

There are, however, two circumstances in which higher carbohydrate consumption maybe needed.

Number one, is if you need to take insulin.

If you take insulin, you need to know that changing your diet, and certain dietary supplementation, especially with thiamine or vitamin B1, can influence your blood sugar and insulin requirements. That’s why need to work very carefully with prescribing healthcare professionals.

If you are an athlete in training or working out hard, you will likely need to consume more carbohydrates than average. To avoid excess weight gain though still avoid overeating, and emphasize the complex carbohydrates, such as those contained in fruit and vegetables, as opposed to simple sugars.

Also try to confine higher carbohydrate consumption to within one hour surrounding strenuous physical activity.

Following these tips can relatively quickly not only help us generally feel better but often help with fatigue and mental clarity. Let us know how YOU do!

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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy. Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  on our main website HERE

*You can also call or text our team 24/7 at 339-793-8591 (international inquiries welcome.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns. We’ll answer during business hours 9-5 EST Monday-Thursday.

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Making Your Diet Count

Making Your Diet Count

Always remember, making your diet count goes a long way towards getting and feeling better!

In the past, I’ve talked about how simple a diet can—and should—be most of the time.

Do you remember why we eat? It’s to provide fuel and “building blocks” so our bodies can function smoothly and repair themselves. Thinking very consciously about this really can help you change your old habits.

One of the biggest things I find that helps us is always having a powerful image of how we want to feel and function! Think about it. Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

In the case of pain, we are trying to stop or reduce “Inflammation”, the cause of much pain and suffering.

Neuropathy patients especially need to be able to repair their bodies better, maintain even blood sugar, and also provide things like magnesium and vitamins.

In most everyone, magnesium can help ease pain and restore better sleep. In our neuropathy diet, this would be from eating our leafy green vegetables, fruits and nuts. This is one nutrient almost everyone can benefit from supplementing with.

The B-Vitamins, especially, help our nerve cells work better. A key neuropathy vitamin is B1, or thiamine. This one is crucial in neuropathy and diabetes as it helps your body “burn” starches and sugars, commonly called “carbs”.

This you’ll get from eating nuts and lean proteins. Cereals are limited in the neuropathy diet, but small portions like a quarter cup (hint: always measure) can help your belly work better and help keep cholesterol levels in check.

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with ¼ cup gluten-free granola with almonds, then, add 1 tablespoon of soy or vegetable protein powder, and finally a splash of soy or almond milk. You’ll be keeping your carbs around 15-20 grams and be getting a head start on vitamins if you do this right.

A final word about supplements: always use under supervision and as we say repeatedly, don’t forget periodic blood tests.

Always remember, the foundation of your best treatment at home should be The ND Diet & Lifestyle Plan 
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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy. Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  on our main website HERE

*You can also call or text our team 24/7 at 339-793-8591 (international inquiries welcome.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns. We’ll answer during business hours 9-5 EST Monday-Thursday.
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“My doctor says I have neuropathy, and I need to live with it.”

“My doctor says I have neuropathy, and I need to live with it.”

“My doctor says I have neuropathy, and I need to live with it. Is this true?” This is the most common question we receive every day both by telephone, and in the social media.

Unfortunately, most doctors in all disciplines are unprepared to answer that question. The fact the matter is we now know much more about effective neuropathy treatment than ever before. It takes a tremendous degree of training, education, and research for any of us in the healing arts to help our neuropathy patients.

So here’s the best advice I can give you today. Number one: take diligent care of any underlying and urgent medical problems first. For example, if you have diabetes, cancer, or heart disease, they must be managed in the best way possible.

Next, seek immediate care from physicians who will work with your other healthcare providers to give you the most effective home and clinic care during the time of your greatest need. And I don’t mean simply prescribing. I’m talking about taking corrective action wherever this is possible.

Third and perhaps the most difficult is to take a very hard look at your own health habits, which are often correctable. Diet and smoking are two big ones. Lack of regular activity, is another.

How can this possibly affect your neuropathy? The answer is very significantly!

We know for example that being just 10 or 20 pounds overweight will have a significant negative impact on your body. Cholesterol, blood fats, and blood sugar tend to be higher.

In many patients this alone over a long period of time is enough to cause neuropathy. Can it really be this simple? The answer is yes! But what is more challenging is learning the precise lifestyle, home care and dietary steps you should take on a daily basis. That’s why we are here! There is so much available for you in our videos books and resources and every day through our social media sites too!

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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy.Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  on our website HERE

*You can also call or text our team 24/7 at 339-793-8591 (international inquiries welcome.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

 

 

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Let’s Talk About Eating Smart

Let’s Talk About Eating Smart

Let’s talk about eating smart. One of the things that patients with neuropathy—and many patients with chronic illnesses must understand—eating smart by keeping well-fueled and well-hydrated goes a long way towards possibly reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life! Now, the reasons for this are many, and paying better attention to basic body needs dramatically improves the function of our brain and nervous system and thus how we feel.

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Paying better attention to basic body needs dramatically improves the function of our brain and nervous system

There are a couple of basic rules that serve most neuropathy and chronic pain patients very well.

First, let’s talk a little about water consumption. An easy rule of thumb is to consume one half your body weight in ounces during a 24-hour period. So if we weigh a hundred and eighty pounds, we should drink ninety ounces of water (or non-alcohol liquids) in a 24-hour period. Remember, coffee, tea, and alcohol can cause us to lose fluid more rapidly, so go easy here. Under no circumstances should diet or other soft drinks be consumed.

Next, the mainstay or proper fueling is eating every 2 to 3 hours maximum. Getting used to smaller meals, and adding low-carbohydrate snacks such as several nuts or one half of an apple or other low-carb fruit can help us feel much better. The reason for this is it helps us maintain normal blood sugar levels and helps us burn fat more efficiently. If you are NOT insulin dependent or on diabetes medication, intermittent fasting may actually be beneficial. Learn way more about diet with the ND Diet Plan.

Eating more frequently as long as it is low in carbs (except within an hour HEAVY exercise) makes us feel better—and helps fuel us much more efficiently.

Carb control is also what helps us fight things like diabetes and metabolic syndrome—that, as you already know, complicate many health problems and make neuropathy and pain worse.

Like everything, there are exceptions to these rules. For example, if you’re insulin-dependent, you need to match your insulin dosage against your carbohydrate consumption very carefully.

Likewise, if you suffer from kidney or heart disease, you may need to be more careful with fluid consumption. Always follow your doctor’s orders. Try these simple suggestions starting today, and see how much better you may feel within just a few days!
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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy.Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  on our website HERE

*You can also call or text our team 24/7 at 339-793-8591 (international inquiries welcome)
Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

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“My blood sugar is just a little off–that can’t cause Neuropathy.”

“My blood sugar is just a little off–that can’t cause Neuropathy.”

“Doctor, my blood sugar is just a little off–that can’t cause Neuropathy…”

Unfortunately, the reverse is probably true.

Here is reality: Aggressive treatment of both metabolic syndrome and diabetes can lessen the progression and the severity of one of the most common forms of peripheral neuropathy. 

We have written extensively about diabetes and metabolic syndrome. We talk often about about how carrying excess body fat impairs our body’s ability to process blood fats and blood sugars.

There’s also really good evidence and multiple clinical studies that show even borderline elevations in the blood sugar over long periods of time make patients more likely to develop peripheral neuropathy.

So how does this slight elevation of blood sugar and blood fats or triglycerides cause neuropathy? Unfortunately, nobody is 100% sure. But there are several good theories.

The most likely explanation is that excess amounts of circulating fats and sugar interfere with your delicate nerves’ ability to take in critical nutrients, including oxygen.

Over a long period time, these can eventually manifest as the tingling, numbness, and burning so commonly found in peripheral neuropathy.

Because it is a well-known fact that patients with metabolic syndrome can likely develop a number of diseases, including heart disease and high blood pressure–as well as peripheral neuropathy—it is critical to attempt to reverse the changes wherever possible.

If frank diabetes develops, it is necessary to treat it as aggressively as possible with minimal side effects. We do know that aggressive treatment of both metabolic syndrome and diabetes can lessen the progression and the severity of one of the most common forms of peripheral neuropathy. But what happens if you’ve done all the right things and your neuropathy persists?
This is the most common presentation we now see in our clinics.

This is because so many more enlightened patients are taking charge of their health by improving their diet and starting to exercise on a regular basis.

And this is how we should all first approach patients with neuropathy and chronic nerve pain.

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