How High Sugar Consumption May Lead to Neuropathy
Sugar may have a direct link to the development of neuropathy. High sugar consumption may slowly be putting your neurological health in jeopardy.
Simply put, neuropathy is a disorder that is characterized by damage to a nerve or a group of nerves in your body. Our brains send out messages to our bodies through our nerves. If the nerves become damaged, the messages get disrupted. The results are weakness, numbness and pain among other symptoms. Nerve damage can result in other kinds of symptoms, including migraines and even Alzheimer’s.
So what brings about neuropathy? We saw in earlier weeks how vitamin B deficiency may contribute to neuropathy. But there are other factors that may also contribute to the development of this disorder, such as alcoholism, severe stress, depression and anxiety, chemotherapy or even exposure to some chemicals and toxins. Interestingly enough, the most common factor associated with neuropathy is the consumption of sugar which results in high blood sugar and possibly neuropathy. We know that high blood sugar causes diabetes, and we have seen that up to 50% of diabetes patients can be affected by neuropathy.
It’s not just diabetes that does damage to nerves, any form of excessive consumption of sugar damages nerves.
So how does this work?
When you consume sugar, or processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta etc.), the sugar (yes, carbohydrates break down into sugar) goes into your bloodstream and swells your nerves. When the nerves are swelled, blood supply is cut to them thus resulting in damage. The damage may result in weakness, numbness, tingly feeling and/or pain. It may also lead to migraines and Alzheimer’s. Continuous and consistent damage to nerves may lead to neuropathy.
Many of us think we are being healthy by avoiding sugar directly. But there are many foods or drinks which we think are healthy but detrimental to our bodies. For example, the average cereal contains a lot of added sugar. Or think of juicing. We think that juicing fruits (whereby their fibers are stripped which are there to slow down the sugar intake process in the first place) is good for us, but what we are consuming is a direct and sudden intake of sugar into our bodies. So here are a few foods you can avoid to help you fight or possibly prevent neuropathy:
Pasta, bread or bagels
Cereals and instant oatmeal
Sugary drinks and sodas
The alternative is to eat healthy foods such as
Greens like spinach
Organic and rightly fed protein sources
Moderate consumption of fruits
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.