Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent nerve damage. The most important is to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range. This involves a daily commitment to maintaining the right eating habits and exercising. There is a lab test called the A1C test that provides you with your average blood glucose level for the past 2-3 months. This helpful tool shows if you are staying on track and should be done a couple of times a year.
If you have diabetes, carrying extra weight increases your risk for nerve damage. Make a concerted effort to follow a balanced diet and exercise plan if you need to lose weight. It is also important to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol use, as both are serious risk factors for nerve damage as well.
If you are concerned about nerve damage or need help with foot problems, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger at our Palm Desert, CA office by calling (760) 568-0108.