Neuropathy, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, and Weight Gain

Chronic conditions, including various forms of neuropathy, diabetes, chronic pain, and the rising epidemic of weight gain in the United States have a few common denominators. The specific diagnosis of neuropathy, diabetes, and obesity frequently go hand in hand, while the symptoms of pain never seem to be too far away.

Excessive sugar consumption is the most common reason that someone eventually develops the diagnosis of diabetes. With uncontrolled diabetes, the blood sugar and insulin levels in the body increase. The body is no longer able to regulate hormonal balance, and weight gain becomes inevitable.  Destruction to the joints, bones, muscles, and cellular tissues from the excess sugar in the body leads to chronic pain, and if left untreated long enough, the elevated blood sugar levels of a diabetes patient will begin to destroy neurological connections in the body. The damage to the nerves as a result of high blood sugar leads to peripheral neuropathy.  Weakness, loss of sensation, increased pain, numbness, tingling, and difficulty walking are common complications of peripheral neuropathy in diabetes patients.

Patients that experience peripheral neuropathy, chronic pain, and weight gain as a result of diabetes frequently report significant changes to their symptoms when following the recommendations provided at The Hayden Institute.

From a nutritional standpoint, decreasing carbohydrates in the diet is usually the first step in helping patients that have neuropathy as a result of type 2 diabetes. The reduction of carbohydrates in the body will frequently result in weight loss, and improved control with blood sugar handling.

According to the Public Library of Science’s August 2013 peer review study, “Consideration of chronic pain in trials to promote physical activity for diabetes: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials”, “Chronic pain has been estimated to affect 60% of patients with diabetes and is strongly associated with reduced activity tolerance.”

One of the most effective ways to support and rehabilitate a patient that experiences chronic pain and neuropathy symptoms is to combine Quantum Neurology rehabilitation and chiropractic care. Quantum Neurology rehabilitation allows the doctor to evaluate and strengthen every nerve in the body. Chiropractic care helps to support the structural integrity of the body, reducing pain, and increasing neurological activity in the body.

A patient that presents with symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, chronic pain, diabetes, and weight gain frequently benefits when nutritional, neurological, and structural approaches are used together in order to support the multiple systems that are involved. Lifestyle changes, such as a low carbohydrate diet, and increased physical activity are excellent starting points for at home care. Quantum Neurology rehabilitation and gentle chiropractic care are excellent tools that can assist in the natural healing process, helping individuals with these symptoms to achieve the level of health that they deserve.

For more information regarding these symptoms, contact The Hayden Institute (http://www.haydeninstitute.com).

6 Comments - Leave a Comment
  • Peter C -

    I would love to casually discus this over a round of DG some time if your ok with that. I do have chronic pain ( the reason no one has seen me play) and I tend to eat a lot of sugar. Sounds like I have been making myself suffer more than I need to be. Not a consult, just help understanding. Totally feel free to say no. Hate to even ask but your post got me thinking.

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