Neuropathy: The Sugar Connection

By Nutritional Weight & Wellness Staff
August 18, 2015

neuropathy1.jpgOne of the most common calls I get as a nutritionist is, “Help! What do I do to stop the tingling in my hands and feet? Are there supplements that will help?” These clients are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy, or nerve damage. They are looking for a solution for the pain, maybe a medication or a supplement. For this problem, the solution may lie in what you put in your grocery cart, pack in your lunch or plan to order at dinner tonight.

What is neuropathy?

Technically speaking, neuropathy is a result of damage to a nerve or set of nerves. Your nerves send out messages from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. If they become damaged, that message does not make it to its destination. This can often lead to weakness, numbness, unpleasant and often painful sensations, usually in hands and feet. Damage to nerves can also manifest in restless leg syndrome, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, migraine headaches and even Alzheimer’s. So, what is causing this nerve damage?

Neuropathy on the rise as your blood sugar rises

Damage to the nerves can be a result of several factors such as chemotherapy, exposure to toxins, alcoholism, traumatic injuries or a deficiency in B vitamins, but the most common cause of neuropathy is high blood sugars, often experienced by diabetic patients. Neuropathy affects up to 50 percent of patients with diabetes; so we know there is a strong correlation between high blood sugars and neuropathy. Whether you’re a diabetic or you’re simply eating cereal every morning for breakfast, your nerves are being damaged by the excess sugar in your blood stream.

Neuropathy_Hands-BloodSugarMonitor.jpgWhen you eat carbohydrates, especially in processed forms (like bread, pasta, cereal and crackers), the carbohydrates break down into sugar (or glucose) which rushes into the blood stream and then to your nerves and causes your nerves to swell. When the nerve swells it cuts off the blood supply to the nerve and damages it, which can result in tingling, burning or numbness in the hands and feet. But as already mentioned, nerve damage can also cause migraine headaches, restless leg syndrome, carpal tunnel and Alzheimer’s.

Many people will say, “I’m not eating sugar for breakfast, I eat Raisin Bran cereal with skim milk and an apple.” As a nutritionist, when I hear this my brain is thinking: SUGAR! A breakfast like this turns into roughly 32 teaspoons of sugar which is almost ¾ cup! Imagine what is happening in your nerves after a high-sugar breakfast like this: swelling and nerve damage. The average American today consumes 53 teaspoons of sugar daily compared to the 1900’s when Americans consumed only two teaspoons per day! When we constantly expose our bodies to sugar on a daily basis, we are damaging our nerves little by little.

Neuropathy_ToastAndJam.jpgDr. Richard P. Jacoby, author of Sugar Crush, explains how sugar impacts the nerves this way: “When you eat a diet heavy in processed foods full of wheat and refined sugar, your body is put on a glucose roller coaster. Because fiber has been stripped out of these products, the sugar inherent in all carbohydrates literally enters the blood stream in a rush. As your blood sugar spikes, most of the excess gets carried away to be stored as abdominal fat. While that’s happening, excess glucose still circulates throughout your body, attaching itself to protein and building up sorbitol in the cells, causing them to swell and compress the nerves.”

To relieve neuropathy, remove these foods from your grocery cart

Man-made carbohydrates come in all shapes and sizes. What is confusing is that we don’t recognize many of them as high-sugar foods. To keep your nerves healthy, remove these items from your cart:

  • Cereal, cereal bars, and instant oatmeal
  • Popcorn, cookies, chips and crackers (including whole grain varieties)
  • Soda, juice, sweetened coffee beverages and energy drinks
  • Pasta, bread, bagels and English muffins (including whole grain varieties)
  • Ice cream, candy, cakes and brownies

I know what you’re thinking…What am I supposed to eat? Keep on reading! We would never leave you without ideas on what to eat.

Add these foods to your grocery cart

Neuropathy_GroceryCart.jpgReal carbohydrates from vegetables and small amounts fruit, real fats and proteins will keep your nerves strong and healthy. Here is what to add to your cart:

  • Vegetables in all shapes, sizes and colors (organic if possible)
  • Small amounts of fruit
  • Healthy fats including butter, heavy cream, avocado, nuts, seeds, olives and olive oil
  • Grass-fed beef, organic turkey, chicken, pork, eggs and wild-caught fish
  • Small amounts of whole grain wild rice, brown rice and quinoa

Start tomorrow with breakfast! To prevent nerve damage, make our Crustless Spinach Quiche instead of eating a bowl of cereal and fruit. A serving of this quiche turns into only two teaspoons of sugar in your blood stream instead of the 32 teaspoons you’d get from eating cereal and fruit.

Even though you may be experiencing nerve damage symptoms (migraines, restless leg syndrome, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis), changing your diet can help to reduce your symptoms. Change your diet; change your pain level.

We love to hear from you! How have you changed your diet to experience less pain? For more information on this topic, listen to our podcast: The Sugar Connection to Neuropathy. 

References DIABETES/METABOLISM RESEARCH AND REVIEWS: Diabetes Metabolism Research Review 2012; 28(1): 8–14. Jacoby, R. P. (2015). Sugar Crush. New York City, NY: Harper Wave.

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Comments

Chris
How did you calculate that 32 tsp sugar (134g) from the cereal, milk and fruit? Using 1c nonfat milk (12g), 1c cereal (18g) and 1 med apple (19g) I only got 49g (10.8 tsp) sugars (USDA via Google)
July 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

admin

32 tsp of sugar is equivalent to 128 grams of carb (4 grams of carb turns into 1 tsp of sugar in your body). Most people eat at least 2 cups of cereal in one sitting and 2 cups of Raisin Bran is 92 grams of carb (23 tsp of sugar), 1 cup of skim milk is 13 grams of carb (3 tsp of sugar) and 1 medium apple is 25 grams of carb (6 tsp of sugar). 23+3+6=32 tsp of sugar total. I believe you were just counting the amount of sugar and not the total carbohydrates, all carbohydrates break down into sugar in your body. 

Lou
Still a fallacy. The body does not absorb all the nutrients you ingest. It also breaks foods down at different rates. The fiber in both the raisins and the apple slow down the release of sugars from those foods. Had the person used while milk instead the fat content would have slowed the absorption more. However the milk used still coated the stomach and reduce the stomach's ability to break down the foods further reducing absorption. This would cause gas in the intestines as the undigested fruits fermented later.
While the aspect is to get people to reduce refined sugar you are using scare tactics that don't work.
July 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm

admin

It is well understood that excess sugars, especially those from processed carbohydrates, are related to some cases of neuropathy. If you want to read more from an expert in the field, we recommend Dr Richard Jacoby's book, Sugar Crush. In our extensive clinical experience, we have helped to educate clients to make dietary changes that gives them the power to reduce their pain and inflammation; not using scare tactics but empowering them to identify foods that do not serve their health.

Chris
OK, thanks; I was using 4.2 g per teaspoon,and it looks like you are using 4 instead; this would tend to inflate the number of teaspoons. No matter. This still seems a bit misleading: You claim that your quiche recipe only provides 2 tsp of blood sugar (equivalent to 8g carbs I suppose) and an analysis of your recipe shows 8.65g total carbs per 1/6 recipe (close enough), but for a portion that includes 1 egg, maybe 1/4 cup of cheeses total, and just over 3 oz (92g) vegetables. Very delicious I'm sure and certainly low-carb, but not really what I would expect to be a portion size for someone that would tend to eat 2 servings of raisin bran at a sitting.

I don't dispute the point you are trying to make regarding the link between neuropathy and blood glucose levels, but you need to better disclose the assumptions you are making in your comparisons.

If all carbs break down to glucose in the body regardless of source (and I don't dispute that, except for dietary fiber) why do you distinguish between "processed carbohydrates" and other types of carbs? Why not just promote a low-carb diet regardless of whether it is "processed" or not?
Corn on the cob, while certainly not "processed", is still high in sugar! And how does the organic/grass-fed angle affect glycogenesis?

Leaving out the 14g of dietary fiber in the 2c Raisin Bran and the 4.4g in the apple would reduce your total glucose to 111.6g or 28tsp (or 26.6, depending on your conversion factor) from the cereal breakfast.
July 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

admin

Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate it. 

Aj
This was very helpful! Thanks!
August 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

Luis
OMG no wonder everyone is dying in such a miserable way. Plz tell me does the tingly sensation mean that we are close to diabetes?
November 27, 2017 at 9:55 am

admin

It doesn’t necessarily mean that. There can be different causes for a tingly sensation. If it doesn’t improve from cutting out sugar I suggest you make an appointment with a nutritionist to help you figure out what the cause may be. 

Joshua
I’m starting to wonder if this is my problem. I have horrific pain on my spine between my shoulder blades and it shoots into my chest, ribs and even into my teeth. It’s like a rat is eating me from the inside. I’m healthy, I work out 3 days a week. When I was on a sugar cut I didn’t have the issues and Ive seen a handful of doctors, they don’t know what to think. The first time I felt it I thought I was having a heart attack.
February 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm

admin

Sounds very scary and painful! It's hard to say if what you were experiencing was neuropathy, but that is wonderful you've found relief from cutting out sugar. If you are struggling with continuing to cut out sugar I'd really encourage you to make a one on one appointment with one of our nutritionists who can help you with cutting it out for good.

Lynda Chisholm
Headaches burning feet-RA, B12,sugar in normal limits. I told Dr if I cut out sugar symptoms disappear. Within about 15 minutes of eating a biscuit feet burning goes on for hours. Dr couldn't explain why.
May 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

admin

We are happy to hear you have found symptom relief in cutting out sugar. If you need any assistance or help with individualized meal planning and ideas that are low carb and sugar to help you continue managing symptoms one of our nutritionists would be happy to meet with you in a one-on-one nutrition consultation.

Crystal
I believe refined sugar is what's causing the tingling in both of my legs below the knees. I'm 40 years old and healthy. I am on no meds. Last year I saw many doctors in which they had blood work done on me, an MRI, X-rays, etc and everything came back perfectly normal. Doctors didn't know what to think of this. I did what I could and created a healthy diet by cutting refined sugars immediately. Within days I noticed my tingling went away.

Well, I started back eating refined sugar and that's when the tingling started up again. Today is day 3 of my diet in reducing my refined sugar intake and already my legs are feeling much better. There is a connection (in my case) between the refined sugar and the tingling in my legs. I am able to eat simple sugars and haven't noticed any problems from doing so. Fingers crossed.
July 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm

admin

Crystal - it's so wonderful to hear that you have found relief in making diet changes and eliminating refined sugars. Amazing how the food we eat has such a strong connection to how we feel, we are happy to hear you are feeling better. If at some point you find you need some guidance in diet choices, contact us to make a one-on-one appointment with one of your Nutritionists in person if you live in the twin-cities or via phone or skype. 

pat
How long does it take for sugar to leave you body and how long does it take to see results in symptoms ?

Thank you!
July 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

admin

When you eat sugar your body will utilize some for energy, if you eat too much sugar in one sitting the excess that your body can’t utilize for energy will get stored as fat. You should notice some changes within 2-3 weeks of eliminating sugar and many people noticing positive changes even within a week.

Patricia Sawchuk
I have peripheric neuropathy - confirmed by an electromyograph - from extensive chemo therapy. It grabbed my feet above all and the sensation of wearing "cement socks" is not painful so much as really irritating. I also also developed lumbar/sacral stenosis and recently underwent surgery for this which has been quite successful. But the socks remain. Believe me: after the hits and misses...the believe or not want to believe... the sugar thing has finally gotten through my thick skull. I am a Zoner, but in the infrequent "falls", I do get the sugar usually in the form of bread or pasta. Sugar in ANY SHAPE OR FORM is POISON for anyone with my problem. I might add that I am 71 and have been teaching Fitness for 36 years - and still teach. Nutrition without sugar can be fantastic...I love cooking and have experimented with sugar-less foods for years. But it only take ONE "cheat"...to go back to Square One!!
August 19, 2018 at 5:30 am

admin

We are happy you are finding relief of these terrible symptoms from eliminating sugar glad you have found something that works well for your body.

Laura
Can you give me an idea of what to eat if I am vegan? I am experiencing horrible pain in my feet and I used to eating carbohydrates along with vegetables and fruits meaning I eat gluten free crackers gluten free bread sometimes corn tortillas stuff like that. Are you suggesting I cut those all out? I'm certainly willing to cut out all refined sugar like desserts to see if it will take the pain away but I'm not sure what else to do to adjust my diet? I usually eat seeds and nuts and beans for protein.
September 5, 2018 at 11:53 pm

admin

Food choices definitely make a difference in how you feel. Something you might want to try is to see how your foot pain changes when you pair any carbohydrates with healthy fats. The fat works to help those carbohydrates break down slowing versus turning into sugar rapidly - thus spiking blood sugar and increasing inflammation. For a snack, you might try some celery sticks and a small apple with 2 TBSP nut butter. At meals, your could put half of a sliced avocado and an olive oil dressing over a mixed green salad or top any roasted veggies with coconut oil. Often this beneficial fat will help to reduce that pain from chronic high blood sugars. The pain could also be related to vitamin or mineral deficiencies, therefore you may consider meeting with one of our nutritionists (via phone or in-person) to put together an individualized plan based on a more extensive look at your health history.

Dawn
I started on my own a week ago the Keto diet. I knew nothing about the diet being a help with neuropathy. I cheated 3 days a small item. Not realizing till today I ate 3 cookies and my neuropathy is killing me. I found this article and now I’m convinced that your findings are correct. I’m not cheating again if it helps with the aweful pain.
September 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm

linnea
I was experiencing terrible nerve pain in my feet to the point where I was not able to sleep for days at a time. It was also starting in my hands, face, and legs. Three days after cutting out sweets, my nerve pain stopped completely. It has been over a year now, and it has returned very mildly only when I have cheated on a couple of occasions. I have not needed to cut out carbs to maintain health, but I do eat less fruit and make sure to have it with protein. Thank you for helping me to understand what is going on in my body.
September 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

admin

We're so glad we could help you with your nerve pain! It's amazing what power real food has to heal our bodies.

Michele Hennessy
WOW!!!! I started experiencing neuropathy several years ago ... I've gone through several tests and NOTHING has shown a cause for it. Approximately 1 year ago in an attempt to lower my cholesterol I began eating more vegetables and fruit and the neuropathy all but disappeared . I shared this with my Specialist ( along with my thoughts that it could menopausal related ) and they didn't make a link. I have noticed a definite connection between my sugar intake and the neuropathy pain. I ate candy ( movie night with a friend) and the pain was intense. I THANK YOU FOR VALIDATING WHAT I KNOW IS TRUE FOR MY BODY !!!
October 5, 2018 at 1:03 am

admin

Wonderful that you have found a way to manage your painful symptoms!

katie burton
Omg I cannot believe Joshua commented, I have tingly in my upper back and spine and have done for a few months and now it is turning to pain, I have been trying to get information on the internet about what it could be as it has started to become worrying, I have a very high sugar diet which I am ashamed of but seem to be addicted but maybe this is the push I need to know that it may be affecting my nerves in my back!!!
October 18, 2018 at 8:10 am

Lorraine
I need help , I am a diabetic and both of my feet are burning tingly real hot feeling or ice cold feeling 24/7. I know what I need to do but I’m so addicted to carbs I really struggle with food . I need good muffin / cookie recipes so I don’t feel deprived. Drs want me on insulin but I’m not wanting to . How do I stop that carb/ sugar craving? It’s taking over my life now for a long time and I’m sick of it!!
October 24, 2018 at 12:18 am

admin

Here are some great resources on sugar addiction:

Food Addiction - What's the Cause & How to Overcome It

6 Strategies to Kick Your Sugar Habit

Why Can't I Stop With One?

2 Reasons Why You Can't Give Up Sugar

We'd also encourage you to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist so they can customize a plan that is right for you to kick your sugar habit.

Michael Scott
Thanks for this. You are a real help. Though I'm not diabetic, I suspected the neuropathy symptoms I was experiencing were worsened by sugar. I appreciate the info and have severely reduced my sugar intake.
November 3, 2018 at 11:08 am

admin

How great that you have found relief in reducing your sugar intake. We are always so glad to hear that the information we share helps people make the connection between what they eat and how they feel. 

Rick
Thank you for the info. I experience nerve pain in my feet after I eat sugar and I did not know why. I am have been tested and I am not a diabetic nor a pre-diabetic and did not know why I had the pain. I realize now what is going on with my body. Thanks again
November 17, 2018 at 12:16 am

Laura
I don’t have diabetes but with the 2000+ cal a day in soda cannot be helping (I burn ~5000 cal/day creating body heat). At worse the placebo effect could come into play. We are on our own for our own solutions so thank you for bringing this to my awareness :)

Anyone curious, or ppl with full body( good luck on your journey)but here is the longer version
November 30, 2018 at 11:58 am

admin

We are glad you found this article helpful. If ever you are looking for individualized guidance on cutting back on soda you can set up a one-on-one counseling session with one of our nutritionists in person if you are in the twin-cities or via Skype or phone if you live further away. 

Mark Gobble
For the past several years inhad symptoms of nuropothy. My big toe felt swollen and my thigh would go numb. Ive been on keto. But i cheat occassionally. I staryed intermittjmg fasting. M sugar was at 160. When i starhed this change. Before. K ate spagjetti and chips. That was my vice. I looked up my symptoms but i always ignored nuropothy because, well i was not diabetic. I weighed 300 and i dropped 35 lbs by fastimg and keto and exercising. Then I got planter fiaciitis. Inwe t to the doctor amd was diagnosed with nuropothy. My feet feel lime I am wearing socks. A bunch of socks. My A1c was 5.8 and this is me fasting and doing keto. But i figure i cheated skme with doritos and beer this summer. The muropothy js spreading fast now. It ks in both feet and it is extreme after a workout or at the end of a day. I habe always been active and now I am scared. My planter fiaciitis is extreme as well after a full day. I am now on full fledged keto and i dont eat chips anymore but i feel lime it is not helping. When i look at chips i say do i want quick satisfaction or do i want to feel my feet? My feet swell or feelswollen amd my heel becomes so tender i cant walk. This is bad because one of my 3 jobs is a manaher for a valet company. I have to run. I also teach school and drive for uner. Driving hurts. I did fast and them eat doritos. Could the blood sugar fluctuations seveloped my nuropothy? What. An i do? Is this reversable? The pain is from my planter but the full mimb feeling in my feet is annoying. Help!!!!
December 2, 2018 at 7:43 pm

admin

It sounds like you’ve already made a lot of great changes, but you still have inflammation in your body. I would highly recommend making an appointment with one of our nutritionists to come up with an individualized eating plan and to see if there is anything else that could be contributing to your neuropathy. I would make sure you’re eating enough food. That is the case for some people who do intermittent fasting and/or keto is they’re not getting enough food.

Patrick
I had bi-lateral PE’s 2yrs ago. My Hematologist discovered that I have a hereditary thing called Factor 2 which can cause blood clotting. I have been dealing with nerve sensations for over a year. Comes and goes. From tingling in my legs, quick sharp needle pains,to a wet drip sensation running down the leg. Also get tight neck muscles and the pain in the upper mid of back that radiates to the front as someone else had mentioned. I suspected maybe the blood thinners I’m on caused it but now I’m rethinking that. Chocolate is my weakness. Turns out I made cookies today and had more than I probably should of. (Correction delete probably). I tend to eat lots of carbs. I almost daily have a breakfast biscuit in the morning. Lunches are usually sandwiches, sometimes I have either a burger or a burrito. While my choices aren’t the healthiest I suspect the neuropathy is being triggered by the sugars. I’m glad I stumbled upon this post. Looks like it’s time for a lot of changes to see if the sugars are in deed causing the neuropathy. Thanyou!
December 20, 2018 at 8:05 pm

admin

We sure love to hear that we have helped others make the connection between what they eat and how they feel. We hope that you find relief soon and that cutting sugar and carbs helps you to feel better. If you feel you would like more guidance in making these changes you can set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our Nutritionists in person if you live int he twin cities or via phone or skype.

P
Helpful article. I had a large waldorf salad two days ago. Today i had a piece of cheesecake as a snack. Both times no sugar blues reaction. But a little while ago i woke up with a lightning storm in one foot. So i looked for a clue on the web.
December 25, 2018 at 4:02 am

admin

We are always glad to hear that the information we share has made a difference in how someone feels.

Sir Fandango Morialy
You may find a lot of high carb vegans will dispute that this will work, and may say carbs are not the enemy, and fat is the problem.... They can say this all they want, they are completely wrong or are lucky enough not to suffer from high blood sugars yet!
Its perfectly possible to go low carb on a vegan diet. But beware of sunflower oil and palm oil. When heated these become highly carconegenic, and turn mostly into bad trans fats. Good article BTW.
December 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Terry
I am diabetic, have had carpel tunnel surgery so I know the difference between the tingling I now feel and what I felt before surgery, it is way more intense now. My question is the higher my sugar is the more behind my neck tingles, it runs from shoulder to shoulder, can this also be neuropathy.
January 10, 2019 at 1:51 pm

admin

It sounds like you know exactly what we mean when we say "sugar aches". Perhaps you would want to try our recommendations for 4-6 weeks to see if that tingling sensation in your neck subsides. It would be an interesting comparison for you to see how you feel on a nutrition plan that balances your blood sugars. If you need some additional support, feel free to contact our office to set up an individual consultation with one of our nutritionists. They would be able to help you put together some balanced meal and snack ideas to help reduce sugar and processed foods from your diet.

David McKnight
I 've been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy for the past 12 years and I just increased my love of raisin brand with milk. I had no idea it had this much sugar. I will have to find a nutritionist. I am told I do not have diabetes. My pain is in my feet (mostly in my great toes).
March 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm

admin

Sugar can be hidden in so many places one of our Nutritionists would be happy to help you to work on eliminating that sneaky sugar from your diet and help you to manage your neuropathy symptoms in a one-on-one nutritionist appointment in-person, via Skype, or Phone. 

Carla
Can a very high sugar diet cause neuropathy without causing diabetes? I have a long history of eating way too much sugar (and remaining thin), have not been diagnosed with diabetes, but do have peripheral neuropathy. (I also have refractory coeliac disease (CD), fructose malabsorption, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).)

Neurodiagnosticians seemed to focus on only diabetes or alcoholism as causes, denied that coeliac disease could contribute, and seemed completely unaware of EDS. (Subsequently, I found neurologist-written articles in their own medical journals that connected both CD and EDS to peripheral neuropathy.)

Still, because I have a tendency to eat a whole pack of cookies in one go, or a whole litre of ice cream at once, I keep wondering whether my bad habits contribute as much to my neuropathy as CD and EDS. And because I have gorged on sweets for decades (I'm 62), and not developed diabetes, I wonder whether high sugar consumption can cause an over-production of insulin, leading to peripheral neuropathy.

Thank you for helping me understand all of this.
March 25, 2019 at 7:08 am

admin

Yes, neuropathy can be caused by too much sugar without causing diabetes. However, it sounds like your neuropathy could be related to your intestinal health and other health conditions. It’s difficult to say without knowing more about your health history. I would recommend making an appointment with one of our nutritionists to get a more individualized approach.

Pam
I am finding your articles so interesting, linking both sugar and gluten consumption with neuropathy. I've been working with a functional medicine doctor, firstly on my diet (elimination diet) and also with a lymphatic drainage massage therapist. The numbness in my toes has not subsided so I am quite worried about what could be causing it. I did recently slip off the "gluten" and "sugar" bandwagon, eating some cookies and pizza crust for maybe the last two weeks, I can say that my numbness increased horribly these past few days. I pray that it goes away! I need my feet! Could a short duration of consuming a bit of gluten and sugar cause these increased symptoms?
April 18, 2019 at 10:48 am

admin

I think it is great that you are finding relief from symptoms with your elimination diet. To answer your question, yes even one meal with gluten or sugar will increase your symptoms. Both gluten and sugar are inflammatory and especially so for you. I would go back to eliminating gluten and keeping sugar intake as low as possible to start healing again.

JIm
Hey, just stumbled onto this page and have been reading everything including the comments. For a couple of years I have had numbing and tingling of feet if I spend a lot of time on them. A few months ago I started having pain in the arches of my feet if I am on them a lot also. Last week I started cutting carbs a lot out of my diet. No cereal, bananas, apples, and most everything with carbs. I hardly get hungry now and my feet haven't been numb and tingling at all. Also the last couple of days the arches of my feet have not hurt at all. It just dawned on me today the low carb diet could have helped me with this. That is the reason for searching for something on carbs and pain and found your web page. I am not diabetic but I am 70 years old and a little overweight. Could I possibly be on the right track? Thanks, JIm
April 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

admin

It sure sounds like you have found a great solution to your pain and numbness. Try to continue the same low sugar and low carb diet and track your symptoms. We are always so glad to hear that we have helped others make the connection between what they eat and how they feel. 

Mihaly Varju
Fructose or fructanes have a different metabolism than glucose. Excess fructose can cause systemwide toxicity in the body. Cut all fructose (part of table sugar and fructanes), and as your body clears this toxin, your poisoned nerves get releived.
June 14, 2019 at 11:47 pm

admin

Yes, glucose and fructose are metabolized differently.  If either are consumed in excess they can cause problems to the health of our body.  Thank you for your thoughts.  We love to hear from our readers.

Denise
This article has helped me to realize how much I need to change my eating habits in order for me to become a more healthier individual. I’m currently experiencing the tingling sensations throughout my right arm and hand. I know that because I consume a considerable amount of refined sugar on a daily basis it has contributed to this situation. In the past I was concerned that I could be diabetic. Fortunately, my blood tests so far haven’t came back showing any signs of diabetes.
June 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm

admin

We are glad to hear this Article helped you. If you would like further individualized guidance feel free to set up a one-on-one Nutritionist appointment in person, by Skype or phone.

River Jordan
I am very in tune with changes in my body and look for personal answers when things go wrong. I've been a type 2 diabetic for many years, well controlled with medication, exercise and diet, but I do cheat. Lately I've been experiencing extreme pain in my lower extremities that seemed different than my spinal stenosis or osteoarthritis symptoms. I'm damn near paranoid of addictive medication so I have been mostly muscling through this and looking for answers. I began to realize that my most horrible pain follows consuming food with a lot of sugar. I tested it again and found it to be true. I've been reading and finding that it is in fact true. No amount of sugar is worth being in misery over. I plan to fight for the best possible quality of life by continuing my active lifestyle and watching the sugar content of what I eat. It's been a few good days, not perfect, but no mind bending pain. Hope everyone figures out what works best for them to find relief from the pain of diabetic neuropathy. I know there will be bad days out of my control, but to the extent I can control them, I will.
July 14, 2019 at 2:15 am

admin

We are glad to hear that you are finding such pain relief by eliminating sugar. If you need any help in making these edits to your diet one of our Nutritionists would be happy to help. You can make a one-on-one Nutrition consult by phone, Skype, or in person if you live in the twin cities. 

Hans Sander
Any comments on this. I had a spinal cord stroke which left me paraplegic and after 5 years the neuropathic pain is worse than ever. I don't get any exercise and haven't given any thoughts to sugar. Do you think it might help to exclude it?
August 4, 2019 at 4:08 am

admin

Minimizing sugar intake and focusing on real-food carbohydrates could absolutely help your neuropathy pain! Excess sugar acts like sandpaper on our sensitive nerves, causing chronic inflammation and pain. Give it a good go for six weeks – what’s the worst that could happen?!

Alex Bernth
When I eat too much sugar I feel my face start to tingle & slightly burn. Doesn’t really hurt but that’s my side effect from the nerves being damaged. I’ve been dealing with this for 10+ years and didn’t realize it was damaging my body.
August 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

admin

It's a good connection to make, glad we could help. 

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