7. Drink Less Alcohol
Drinking occasionally is not bad, but drinking too much alcohol is associated with diabetic neuropathy. In fact, a high dose of alcohol is toxic to your nerves and can result in severe damage to the nerves and may worsen up the neuropathy.
Excess drinking even makes your body deficient in some nutrients and hence should be completely avoided.
A 1998 study published in Alcohol Health & Research World reports that occasional episodes of alcohol consumption generally do not worsen blood sugar control in people with diabetes and may even have beneficial effects. But, regular consumption of even moderate amounts of alcohol clearly interferes with diabetic blood sugar control and increases the risk of peripheral neuropathy .
Excess drinking even increases the risk of alcoholic neuropathy. A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology that alcoholic neuropathy involves coasting caused by damage to nerves that results from long-term excessive drinking of alcohol and is characterized by spontaneous burning pain, hyperalgesia, and allodynia .
Limit alcohol to no more than four drinks a week and if possible avoid completely.
8. Quit Smoking
If you suffer from diabetic nerve pain, it is time to quit smoking. Smoking causes your blood vessels to constrict, impairing your circulation. This, in turn, causes the peripheral nerves to get less nutrient-rich blood, which can lead to more pain.
A study published in the Journal of the General Internal Medicine in 2015 reports smoking to be associated with an increased risk of DPN in persons with diabetes. However, more studies are needed to test whether this association is causal and whether smoking cessation reduces the risk of DPN in adults with diabetes .
Another 2017 published in the Turkish Society of Algology found smoking as a risk factor for neuropathic pain. As per this study, the possibility of neuropathic pain increases as the duration of smoking and addiction level increase, and with diabetes, this rate increases even more. It is extremely important that the smokers should be informed regarding these facts and possibilities .