Globally, diabetes is an enormous burden for many countries and the trend is expected to grow from 400 to 650 million (1 in 10 adults) by 2040. In Singapore, over 450,000 Singaporeans lives with diabetes and one in three Singaporeans at risk of getting diabetes in their lifetime. It is such a serious matter and expensive affair currently costing Singaporeans S$1 Billion per year that it warranted mention during Prime Minister Lee’s address to the nation during the 2017 National Day Rally.
Diabetes is the result of a metabolic disorder which causes problems with controlling the hormone insulin. Higher-than-normal levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood is a clear signal of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes, usually develop at a younger age ( ‘juvenile diabetes’) and symptoms are more severe than with Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes , though more common than Type 1 diabetes, is highly preventable but symptoms can sometimes can go undiagnosed for a long time, causing the problem to worsen and long-term damage.
Prolonged exposure to high blood sugar can damage nerve fibers, called neuropathy, which affect the blood vessels, heart, eyes, limbs and organs. Diabetes untreated can cause complications like an increased chance of coronary heart disease, trouble getting pregnant or a risky pregnancy, vision loss, digestive issues, and more. Peripheral neuropathy affects the toes, feet, legs, arms and hands. The feet and legs are likely to be affected before the arms and hands.
Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Pain
Symptoms may include sharp pains or cramps, tingling, or numbness, loss of feeling in the feet, legs and toes or extreme sensitivity touch, even light touch. However, some people with nerve damage have no symptoms at all. Experts recommend that people with diabetes go through an annual comprehensive foot examination to check the skin, muscles, bones, circulation, and sensation of the feet.
Causes of Diabetic Foot Pain
- Footwear: Poorly fitting shoes are a common cause of diabetic foot problems.
- Nerve damage: People with poorly controlled diabetes are at risk for having damage to the nerves in their feet.
- Infections: Athlete’s Foot and Ingrown Toenails, a fungal infection of the skin and toenails, can lead to more serious bacterial infections and should be treated early.
Treatment of Diabetic Foot Pain
The diabetic patient may need a home health nurse or family doctor to help with wound care and dressings, monitor blood sugar, and help the patient take antibiotics and other medications properly during the healing period. Some hospitals have wound care centers specializing in the treatment of diabetic lower extremity wounds and ulcers along with other difficult-to-treat wounds. If the patient has bone-related or toenail problems, a referral may be needed to a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon.
6 Natural Remedies for Diabetic Neuropathy
- Manage Blood Sugar Levels through a combination of frequent blood glucose testing, having a healthy diet, exercising, health screening and consulting a doctor if you need diabetes medicine and/or insulin therapy.
- Follow a Healthy Diet
- Vegetables and whole fruits of all kinds
- Wild-caught fish eg. Wild caught Alaskan Salmon and Emu Oil capsules which are naturally rich in essential fatty acids especially Omega 3
- Healthy fats eg. coconut oil/coconut milk, olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocado
- Lean protein foods eg. grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, cage-free eggs and sprouted beans/legumes
- Cut out all grains if possible, especially refined wheat flours, rice & bread.
- Reduce intake of high-sodium foods to no more than 2,300 milligrams per day to control blood pressure
- Drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day to stay hydrated and more fiber and water-rich foods like fresh veggies and fruit
- Watch and learn proper serving sizes to track daily food intake
- Bringing own lunch and healthy snacks to work/school reduces bingeing
- Exercise and Leading a Physically Active Lifestyle helps to reduce obesity which in turn reduce the risk of diabetes. Physical Therapy for those who are already diabetic helps them manage the disease and prevent further complications.
- Reduce Exposure to Toxins, High Sugar Intake, Alcohol and Quit Smoking
- Manage Stress Levels
- Protect Your Skin and Feet.
- Monitor and inspect for any signs of new nerve damage to your skin, feet, legs or hands or injuries, such as blisters, sores, and ulcers. Consult a doctor if there is redness, swelling or infection forming.
- Clean socks and clothing, and keep delicate skin out of the very hot temperatures like very warm showers and hot sun. Taking special care to prevent bacteria and moisture build up that can cause infections.
The benefits of Emu Tracks Emu Oil Capsules as a rich source of Omega essential fatty acids promotes proper insulin function, prevent insulin intolerance and also helps to reduce inflammation. Studies have shown that regular supplementation of Emu Oil Capsules raises HDL cholesterol levels that is good for cardiac health.