It’s called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and it really hurts. Ouch!
Many type 2 diabetic patients experience persistent pain in their legs and feet. Later the pain can come from the arms and hands. The pain can come out of nowhere or come from a bump or bruise. It’s often described as burning, pins and needles, shooting, aching, jabbing, sharp, cramping, tingling, or cold.
It’s very hard to treat. No single drug exists to prevent or reverse neuropathic changes or to provide total pain relief. Partial pain relief is often the best that can be hoped for. Sometimes, the pain is so severe that opiates are needed, but they carry the risk of addiction.
Now for the good news. It turns out that a vegan diet, also known as a plant-based diet, can really help.
Eric Adams grew up extremely poor, living in a 4-storey tenement building in a family with 6 children. After a 22-year career in the NY City police department, he moved into politics and is currently Brooklyn Borough president of New York City and running for City mayor in 2021.
Eric noticed that he was starting to lose his sight in 2016. A visit to the doctors determined that he had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a stomach ulcer, and late stage Type 2 Diabetes. He was told that he would be on medication for the rest of his life, that he would likely lose his sight and possibly some fingers and toes from nerve damage. This was a very emotional time for him, facing the possibility of not being able to continue to be involved in politics. But then he learned about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Changing his diet saved his life. He learned about the power of a whole food plant-based diet to treat his condition.
Within 3 weeks of changing his diet, his vision improved. Within 3 months, the nerve damage recovered and he’s never needed to take medications after the first week. He now uses the power of his position to share the importance of eating healthy and the benefits of a plant-based diet as widely as possible. He has supported local schools switching their lunches to all vegetarian, and encouraged prisons to provide healthier food. If he had his way there would be more meatless options in every city entity. He encourages everyone to be “a thriver instead of a survivor.” If elected, he will become the first vegan NY City mayor.
This is the latest in a series of articles we have been writing in medical journals in the hope of spreading these valuable research reviews to many more doctors around the world. So far, we’ve also had articles published on Type 2 Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease and Prostate Cancer in relevant medical journals. Read more