Neuropathy and Vegan

Vegan Diet (Plant-Based) May Reduce Neuropathy Pain

A vegan (Plant-Based) diet can possibly do wonders for your neuropathy pain. Research is showing a promising link between a plant-based diet and dealing with neuropathy.

By Shiraz Abbas

One of the most persistent and stubborn diseases in the human body is neuropathy. Neuropathy, or to be more precise, peripheral neuropathy, is an umbrella term for a family of diseases that affect and damages the peripheral nerves of the body. Its symptoms include pain, numbness, tingly feeling, or even increased sensitivity to touch in the peripheral areas of the body, including the hands, feet, legs and arms.

About 3/4 of people with diabetes experience neuropathy. Unfortunately, only 40 to 60% of people who have neuropathy only experience some partial relief from pain. There is, however, a way to achieve significant results in the reduction of neuropathy pain. Recent research has found that a vegan diet may lead to significant improvements in nerve pain.  Those who followed a vegan diet had improved nerve function and blood circulation. Furthermore, they lost over ten pounds of body weight.

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Note that this type of neuropathic pain relief was for people with diabetic neuropathy. According to the researchers, the improvement of neuropathy pain and symptoms may have been the result of a reduction of insulin resistance and hence allowing the body to heal from nerve damage caused by diabetes.

The question here is what does a vegan diet have to do with diabetes? The answer may lie in studies that suggest that an animal-based diet rich in meat and dairy may contribute to insulin resistance in the body thereby exacerbating the processing of sugar in the body.

Before trying any diet, please consult with your doctor and see if a plant-based diet is healthy for you.

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.

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