How Can I Prevent Peripheral Neuropathy?

You may prevent this disorder, even if you have a family history of it , by:

  • Early diagnosis of conditions by regular health checks.
  • Exercise, regular and moderate
  • Healthy diet
  • Lose weight
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if ever
  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding pollution and toxins
  • Protecting your feet playing, particularly those that involve kicking
  • Avoiding drugs
  • Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy

and 1 in 4 people with diabetes do not know they have it.

About 1 in 6 of people with diabetes in the UK do not know they have this condition of which 2 in 3 develop or already have developed nerve damage.

Therefore for Peripheral Neuropathy prevention it is crucial to prevent diabetes &
to diagnose it as soon as it possible. It is also vital to manage the condition with blood sugar control to prevent further damage.

The following are the critical factors for diabetes management:

Blood sugar control. The best thing you can do is control your diet. Fluctuations in blood sugar can cause neuropathic pain. You should work with your doctor and nutritionist to develop a realistic diet.

Foot care. Wash and inspect your feet daily, and keep the skin moist with lotion. You will need regular feet inspection. Ask your doctor about this. Examining your feet daily is very, very important! Any bacterial or fungal infections require quick medical attention. Well-fitting shoes help prevent foots sores and trauma.

Move about every day. Life is movement. One must move as much as possible to maintain health. If you have a disability be careful in bad weather. Numbness during long cold periods has risks. If you have a sweating issue, be careful on hot days.

Regular check-ups. Work with your doctor as soon as symptoms show. He may refer you to a neurologist and an endocrinologist. Excercises may be necessary to keep and build muscle strength.


Diet is important in prevention and control of this condition. Poor diet causes diabetes and many other conditions that can cause PN. Whole plant foods are the best sources of nutrition with proven health benefits. In fact some foods have be shown to help with diabetes. Read more….


Exercise, regular and moderate physical activity, is key to the prevention and management of diabetes, and preventing it worsening. Therefore it is also crucial to stopping peripheral neuropathy. You should get help in planning an appropriate exercise programme.

Peripheral neuropathy often progresses undetected. 10% to 18% of patients already show signs of neuropathy when the diabetes is diagnosed, so damage to the nerves starts early. So it is important to start exercising regularly from wwhen oyu are diagnosed. This helps control blood-sugar and also helps stop diabetes getting worse.


Alcohol is a poison. Contrary to common belief, no amount of alcohol is healthy. Those who benefit from a social drink are benefiting from the socialising, not the drinking! By all means enjoy your drink, and be aware of the risks. Alcoholism [stats]…. Link to Alcohol support group [like AA]. Excessive drinking causes very many problems, including peripheral neuropathy.

 Not Smoking

Tobacco, particularly in cigarettes which contain a lot of chemicals, poisons the body. It eats at your lungs and heart, destroys vitamin C, antioxidants with many free radicals.


One can take steps to minimise pollution. Getting an air purifier, ventilate your house, avoid traffic as much as possible. Also eat organic whole plant foods and get a water purifier.


Always plan ahead to have the right protective clothing for the task at hand. Sports or work can put your body in danger: protect against risks.


Illegal and legal pharmaceuticals usually have side effects, often quite harmful.

Chemotherapy can cause PN. If you are having chemotherapy a consultation with a complementary medicine cancer specialist may help help you through chemotherapy.

Illegal drugs can cause PN and obviously many other side effects.

There are many pharmaceuticals that have caused nerve damage in people but the risks of any particular drug causing unwanted side effects can be hard to define.



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