High blood sugar is one of the most devastating consequences of diabetes and commonly causes the painful nerve condition called neuropathy. However, you do not need to be diabetic for eating too many sugars or carbohydrates to hurt your nerves.
Even borderline elevations of blood sugar especially over a long time can cause considerable problems, including peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy symptoms can include burning pain, cold pain, sharp stabbing pain, numbness, feeling of pressure under or around the foot or hand among others. Prolonged borderline blood sugar elevations cause people to feel really lousy, stiff, sore, and achy. This may even contribute to the symptoms that people suffer with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Why is this?
This is due to a process called glycosylation that happens when elevated blood sugars persist. The free sugar (glucose) molecules attach themselves to protein structures. Our bodies do need some carbohydrates to work right. But, if we eat too many “carbs” the increased blood sugars attach to proteins in cells that make up tendons, discs and muscles as well as nerves. Chronically increased blood sugars hurt more than your nerves. They can also cause disc degeneration, cause stiffer tendons that are more likely to tear and also cause muscle pains and stiffness. Increased carbs also cause inflammation in your body so you feel bloated and hurt a lot. As you can see, elevated blood sugars over time can affect almost our entire bodies! Nerves are no exception and eating carbohydrates and sugars increases your blood sugar.
Foods made from grains (baked goods, breads, pasta) are high in carbohydrates. Your body uses carbohydrates to make blood sugar. Grains most people are familiar with consist of wheat, oat, rye, rice and corn. Starchy foods like potatoes are also carbohydrates. Sugar in any form is a simple carbohydrate. Fruits are high in simple sugar carbohydrates.
What this all boils down to is that by limiting carbohydrates in your diet and avoiding simple sugars in sodas, table sugar and other added sweetening, you can ease a lot of pains and discomforts and avoid damage to your body.
Yours In Health, Dr. Ellen Blomerth
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