The Affect of Blood Sugar on Your Neuropathy
Our long-standing war on diabetes in the United States is turning into more of a massacre. One in four Americans has either pre-diabetes or full blown diabetes. If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or insulin resistance, you know how difficult it can be to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. Understanding how the foods you eat influence your blood sugar level is key in helping you make the right choices. Maintaining a normal range of glucose (70-99 fasting) is the most important thing you can do (now and in the future) to prevent long-term damage to your peripheral nerves.
Through the process of digestion, food gets broken down into small molecules that can be absorbed in your bloodstream and utilized by your cells for energy. Foods containing carbohydrates are converted into sugars during the digestive process and cause your glucose levels (in your blood stream) to increase, shortly after your meal. Starchy foods are one of the main sources of carbohydrates in our diet, along with fruits and sweets. Let’s take a look at some carbohydrates and their affect on blood sugar:
2. Starchy Vegetables
4. Sugars and Sweeteners
Spikes in your blood sugar levels (glucose) are the biggest culprit leading to chronic inflammation, which, over time, may damage your peripheral nerves and blood vessels, as well as create chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease, etc.). These habitual spikes in blood glucose will eventually lead to insulin resistance, which ultimately will develop into a full blown case of diabetes—it’s not a matter of if you develop diabetes …it’s when you will develop diabetes.
With regard to peripheral neuropathy, chronically elevated glucose levels can damage blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the nerves. This can lead to anoxia—a lack of oxygen to the nerve cells and blood vessels—which can result in poor circulation and nerve damage. This is a large part of the reason that most severe neuropathy sufferers have pain and abnormal skin changes on the legs. These changes can include purple discolorations, extremely dry, flaky skin, and extremely taut skin. All of these things are signs that the skin has lost proper circulation and thus oxygenation and nutrients; it also signifies that the skin is beginning to die.
For this reason, when making good food choices, it is important to choose foods that do not cause rapid spikes in blood glucose levels. In order to learn more about making better food selections…