Neuropathy is a condition wherein nerve damage causes weakness, numbness, or pain in the body, usually in the hands and feet of diabetic patients. Specialists in neuropathy from Paramus, NJ like MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center use advanced methods to diagnose and treat the condition. However, a recent clinical study has shown that a vegan or plant-based diet can ease the pain brought on by neuropathy. Kristina Fiore, staff writer for MedPage Today, writes about the findings that could positively impact the management of this disease.
Good side effects
Participants were put on a low-fat high-fiber vegan diet for a month. Majority, or more than eighty percent of them, experienced pain relief from their neuropathy and lost an average of 11 pounds of body weight. What’s more, they were even able to do away with their diabetes and blood pressure medications.
Those on the diet could only eat plant-based foods, and they had to limit fatty foods such as oils and nuts to 20 to 30 grams per day. They were also told to get at least 40 grams of fiber per day, and to choose foods that had a low glycemic index … there were no portion limits since high-fiber foods are low in calories.
Going green is easy
Plant-based nutrition has always been known for its health benefits. However, not many are aware that going vegan can be good for the environment. By avoiding animal products, we can reduce our carbon footprint and conserve natural resources. Vegans will never go hungry since plants are the most renewable and abundant food source.
Still a long way to go
The data and conclusions of this study are considered preliminary since they were presented in a conference, and have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Nonetheless, any skilled neuropathy doctor in Northern NJ and patient alike would be thrilled at the possibility of a safe, all-natural, and low-cost method to relieve pain.
(Article Excerpt and Image from “Vegan Diet Eases Diabetic Neuropathy Pain”, MedPage Today, August 08, 2014)