One of the unfortunate side effects of diabetes is the assault on the nerves of the feet and eyes. The nerves around these areas are free game for the excess blood sugars floating around your blood stream because these tissues do not require the gatekeeper of an insulin receptor.

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The feet need to have the optimal sensation in order for you to participate safely with  your activities that challenge your mobility.  It takes a certain nerve control to sense the change in the surface your walking on. During early changes of sensation, there may be numbness that it uncomfortable but doesn’t per say interfere with your activities. You might just be a little “clumsy”. But it is dangerous to ignore this as the cause of this is typically uncontrolled sugar levels. As long as these sugar levels are out of whack, the nerves of the feet and eyes are being attacked.

Another sad case I had was a gentleman in his 30s that had been breaking in a new pair of boots. His first realization that he even had diabetes came after he had rubbed a sore at the bottom of the foot that became infected. By the time I saw him, he was an amputee. It’s goes without saying, do not ignore these symptoms.

If you have been feeling clumsy, tripping or even falling act NOW not later.

The key is going to be to get your blood sugars under control, improve the circulation of your feet, exercise and work to rebuild your balance.

What are ways to lower your blood sugar? Glad you asked.

  1. Eat beans—yes beans. These fiber rich powerhouses pack fiber for slow energy release and keep you feeling full and satisfied between meals.
  2. Eliminate the free fat in your diet. Fats with margarine, butter, animal products. A statement from Dr. Bernard “As you recall, the fundamental problem in type 2 diabetes appears to be the accumulation of tiny amounts of fat inside muscle cells. They make it hard for insulin to do its job by blocking what is called insulin signaling. That is, they interfere with the process by which insulin opens the cell membrane to allow glucose to enter. You need to select foods that reverse this process.”

Barnard, Neal D.. Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs (p. 41). Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale. Kindle Edition.

  • Exercise- this activity is a non-negotiable. This is the key to increasing the receptors on you cells that allow the glucose to enter them rather than float around and damage your nerves.

If you are having problems with feet sensation and falls, a physical therapist can assist you with designing the exercises for strength and balance. A Lifestyle Rehab Physical Therapist© can teach you  ways to improve your circulation. You can also get a free report with these tips and more by clicking the link: