|Posted on January 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM|
Neuropathy, damage to the nerves of the feet, can be crippling. At best, some describe it as having rocks in their socks or a loss of sensation, but many describe it as severe, stabbing pain. The longer you have diabetes, the greater your chance for developing neuropathy. Half of people who have diabetes for 25 years have neuropathy.
If you ask around, most health practitioners will say that prolonged, high blood sugar levels permanently damage the nerves in the feet. They'll say that there's no effective cure. Yet, they prescribe steroids, opiates, and anti-depressants to try to control the pain, but these drugs don't work well, if at all.
For more than 20 years, we have known that a plant-based diet, a diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, not only helps to relieve pain from diabetic neuropathy, but it can also eliminate it. In a study from 1994, 17 of 21 patients had COMPLETE relief from pain in as little as 4 days of stating to eat a vegan diet and to walk 30 minutes a day. By day 14, blood sugar levels improved by 35%, and 5 were taken off all diabetes meds -- their diabetes was gone. Patients lost an average of 10 pounds in 25 days, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels dropped too. Half of the patients dropped their blood pressure to normal levels and discontinued blood pressure medication. Seventy-one percent of the 17 patients were still on the diet and exercise plan 4 years later, and pain relief was either maintained or improved even further.
This isn't the only study of its kind. Read this.
Researchers believe that the improvement in pain was not due to the drop in blood sugar numbers. After all, it took 2 weeks to see those results, but only as little as 4 days to feel less pain. (That's why diabetes medication doesn't work to treat diabetic neuropathy.) Researchers attribute the pain relief to an improvement in blood flow. Diets that contain eggs, meat, and dairy are higher in fat than a plant-based diet, slowing down blood flow. The plant-based diet allowed more oxygen to get to the nerves, creating less pain. These plant-based diet changes can also be seen in the eye, allowing more blood and oxygen flow to the retina.
Don't suffer with diabetic pain or loss of sensation. You don't have to anymore. Eating more vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains is not hard. It's not effortless, but it's not hard. Read this, this, and this. Call (631) 561-8995 for an appointment for one-on-one help. Most insurances pay for this type of counseling.