Thursday, November 29, 2012
Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States. Whether the patient is diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2, the health care issues involved are painful and costly. Peripheral neuropathy is a painful and difficult to treat complication of diabetes. The symptoms are unrelenting pain in the feet due to nerve sensitivity. Many people find little relief of symptoms even with medication.
Experts recommend that keeping blood glucose under control is critical to controlling the pain and complications from peripheral neuropathy. The goal is a fasting and before meal blood glucose level of 70-130 mg/dl and below 180 after eating. Hitting these goals may slow the progression of nerve pain.
It is recommended that patients stay as active as possible, doing at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise every day. This helps lower blood glucose levels and reduce pain. If walking is too painful try swimming or at the very least, seated exercises. Limit your alcohol intake which can aggravate the pain.
Consider prescription medications and create an effective communication between you and your physician about the response your body shows to the medications. Also be sure to discuss any side effects of the medicines.
Constant pain in your feet can be debilitating and isolating to diabetics. Do what you can with diet modification, exercise and medications to stay in control.