A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in September 2015 found that 50% of the adult U.S. population either had diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person’s blood sugar is already elevated and they are at risk to develop diabetes.
With a current U.S. population of over 326 million (75% of whom are adults) – that works out to over 122 million people who are either diabetic or pre-diabetic and almost 98 million who will become diabetic in their lifetime. About 60-70 million will suffer nerve damage which may lead to diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Preventing Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Through Diet
Obviously, the best way to prevent diabetic peripheral neuropathy is to not get diabetes in the first place (though for many it may be too late for that). If you do NOT already have diabetes, take steps to prevent it by avoiding the standard American diet (SAD) of processed, junk, and fast food. Limit your intake of food items with lots of sugar or ingredients which turn to sugar, such as wheat flour (especially bleached white flour) and starchy vegetables.