May 14-18, 2012 is Neuropathy Awareness Week
What is Neuropathy? It is a nerve disease. Human body is connected with the brain to work and interact as required in certain situation and that happens when brain sends message to the parts of the body via nerves. Body’s ability to communicate with the muscles, skin joints and internal anatomy is interrupted with Neuropathy due to nerve disorder.
According to the latest statisticsalmost 30 % of Peripheral Neuropathy is connected with diabetes complication, however, it has several other forms and some of those are:
- Autonomic Neuropathy
- Cancer related Neuropathy
- Compressive Neuropathies
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Drug induced and toxic Neuropathy
- G I and nutrition related Neuropathies
- Hereditary Neuropathies
- Infectious diseases and Neuropathy
- Neuropathy Pain
- Chemotherapy induced Neuropathy
And to add to this it is said that there are several other ( almost 30 % more) peripheral neuropathies and causes for those are unknown.
Diabetes complication starts setting in once the diabetic faces high sugar level. A diabetic meal plan works at its best when it consists of low glycemic index foods, portion control, carbohydrate counting and prepared by cutting back on salt with a low sodium diet. This seems to be surprisingly new and recently added factor for diabetes care but it is not new. Cutting back on salt does create more benefits for a diabetic.
Diabetics who are watching their carbohydrates intake, going for least refined sugar and now cutting back on salt also,feel that flavor of meals becomes less palatable and this makes it boring to continue on diabetic management. But it is worth the effort and with little focus it becomes second nature.
There is a lot more to reducing weight as a diabeties cure than simply trying to shed some pounds for total health and fitness. It is best to take help from a nutritionist, diabetes educator, certified dietition, endocrinologist, or your diabetes doctor or simply from a support group usually available from hospitals. Online support groups is also a great idea. This will help you with better results and may be even the quickest way to loose weight than if you do it yourself with trial and error.
Losing 10-15 pounds has major benefits
- It will lower blood sugars, check it with A1C test
- Reduce blood pressure closer to normal
- Reduce diabetes complications retinopathy neuropathy and foot problems and a lot more
- Improves chlosterol levels and improves healthy cholesterol levels
Getting these results is worth the effort as your energy level will increase and you will feel much better to live an active lifestyle.
The more I study Diabetes and its research by medical experts, the more I feel the importance of portion control for type 1 and 2 diabetes. For a person who is focusing on achieving and maintaining normal blood sugar levels, it is extremely important to focus on portion control as the amount of food regulates blood sugar levels along with the nutrition quality of food. The Best way to eat right for a diabetic is to measure the food portion very carefully.
However, it is very hard to suddenly eat small portions all the time, as soon as diabetes is discovered. It is a sudden lifestyle change that does not come easily. Physical requirement and feeling hungry is hard to come over. But focus, behavior control and mental readiness to treat the disease will empower to control portion size. Following preventive measures will help to gain this positive change.
1. Follow the plate method
Diabetes prevention is the first step, once it is discovered that a person has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Patient along with health care expert have to come up with a diabetic management plan. Lifestyle changes along with the required medication prescribed by the doctor are extremely important preventive measure to bring blood sugars closer to a normal blood sugar range. Following are some of the examples
1. Lose weight if overweight. As excessive body fat causes insulin resistance
2. Portion control meals and eat more frequent meals to get normal blood sugar range.
3. Make sure to create meals with low glycemic index and avoid refined carbohydrates.
4. Keep away from saturated fats and trans fats
5. Add fish and lean proteins to your weekly meal plans
6. Make salad main entree, lean protein and grain as sides of your plate
7. Add all low carb veggies in your salad
8. Increase your physical activity