Learn about easy lifestyle changes you can make to prevent peripheral neuropathy.
The word neuropathy by itself simply means nerve damage. However, the most common form of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy, which causes damage to the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to muscles and organs in the body. This condition that can cause a loss of sensation in parts of the body and even paralysis inflicts over three million Americans each year. Find out more about this condition and how to prevent neuropathy from happening to you.
How to Prevent Neuropathy
While this problem might seem like something that you can’t control, you would be surprised to find out that there are still certain things you can do to keep peripheral neuropathy at bay. In fact, one of the best ways to prevent this nerve condition is to manage any health conditions that may put you at risk. These health conditions include alcoholism, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
What are some of the best ways to manage these conditions that could put you at risk for neuropathy? Try to implement these lifestyle choices whenever possible:
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Following a diet that is full of whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables are great for keeping nerves healthy. Also, prevent B-12 deficiency by incorporating more fish, eggs, dairy and fortified cereals into your diet. Certain nutritional supplements are also very effective in combating the symptoms of neuropathy.
It’s important to follow a regular exercise regime. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour of exercise a few times a week to reap the most health benefits from your physical activity.
Avoid Certain Habits
Since alcoholism can certain cause nerve damage it’s important to limit your alcohol consumption as much as possible. Furthermore, smoking constricts blood vessels, which is responsible for transporting vital nutrients to peripheral nerves. Therefore, smoking cessation is highly recommended if you want to prevent peripheral neuropathy.
If you have a condition like diabetes that requires medication and monitoring, be sure that you are keeping up-to-date with your treatment and that you have your health problem under control.
If you are experiencing tingling, numbness, burning or a loss of sensation in your feet, then it’s time to see your Phoenix podiatrist, Dr. Michael Dershowitz at Southwest Foot Institute right away. Don’t ignore the signs of neuropathy! There are many options for treatment available at our practice, including non-invasive laser therapy.