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3 Easy And Natural Cures For Diabetic Nerve Pain

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On top of the serious health risks diabetes patients face every day, they also live with plenty of irritations.

Watching your blood sugar levels carefully, pricking your fingers with lancets, and obsessively managing your diet become regular habits.

But one of the worst symptoms of diabetes is also the most common: nerve pain.

Half of diabetes patients say they live with numbness and pain in their hands and feet.

If you're living with this nagging pain, you can find relief. Start with these three natural cures:

1. Capsaicin cream or patches

Capsaicin is normally found in hot peppers, but this spicy ingredient has lots of creative uses in medicine.

The spice has a special ability to block pain signals from your nerves.

Capsaicin patches for foot pain.Alibaba

In a study of diabetes patients who used capsaicin patches on their feet, almost 20% reported feeling relief from their worst symptoms.

But before you use capsaicin patches, or a homemade capsaicin rub, check with your doctor.

The spicy, burning treatment can sometimes cause allergic reactions and heat sensitivity.

It's also not safe if you have open wounds or cuts on your feet.

2. Alpha-lipoic acid

This supplement is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant that treats diabetic nerve pain in two important ways.

It can ease the pain in your hands and feet, and also helps regulate your blood sugar (which also reduces nerve pain).

A study found that taking 600 milligrams daily improved nerve pain symptoms by 19% after only five weeks.

3. Manage your blood sugar levels

This cure isn't easy or sexy, but it is effective.

Once you're diagnosed with diabetic nerve pain your doctor will normally prescribe pain-relieving medicine, or in some cases antidepressants which also relieve pain.

Medication can soothe nerve pain, but not reverse or slow down nerve damage caused by high blood sugar.

Managing your blood sugar helps to control nerve pain.Wikimedia

To do that, you'll need to make some lifestyle changes:

  • Add regular exercise - even very gentle exercise - to your daily routine
  • Eat a healthy diet, including fruit and vegetables with very few processed foods.
  • Quit smoking, which also constricts your blood vessels and adds to nerve pain.

You can manage your foot pain in other ways, including by keeping your feet clean and dry.

Diabetes patients are prone to wounds on their feet, so keep on top of yours and check for cuts and blisters regularly.

Finally, invest in special clothing, including arm and foot braces, or diabetic shoes and socks, to protect your body.

Which treatment do you rely on for your nerve pain?

[H/T: Mayo Clinic, Health Line, WebMD]