Is Neuropathy Preventable?

If you have diabetes, at some point you have probably wondered, “Is neuropathy preventable?” There is no guarantee that you can completely prevent damage from diabetic neuropathy; however, by controlling your diabetes, you can decrease your chances of developing dangerous complications. You’ll need to work to keep your blood sugar levels stable and within a healthy range. You may need to make lifestyle changes, too, such as exercising more regularly, eating more vegetables and fruits, and using supplements that are good for nerves, like vitamin B-12.

Avoid risk factors that contribute to nerve injury too. Give up smoking and tobacco usage if you haven’t already. Limit your alcohol consumption as well. Refrain from staying in one position for hours at a time if you can, so that you are less likely to pinch a nerve. If you need help managing your diabetes or any stage of nerve damage, contact our expert team here at Parker Foot and Ankle. Call our Houston TX office at (281) 497-2850 or use our website request form to reach us for more information or an appointment.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.