Study: Changes In Diet Can Reverse Nerve Damage

Dr. Deanna Lites
March 30, 2019 - 1:51 pm

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(WWJ) - There may be a way to reverse nerve damage through your diet.  

People who are diabetic, pre-diabetic or obese are at high risk of developing diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage -- where you lose feeling in your hands and feet.

But new research from the University of Michigan indicates that you may be able to reverse nerve damage by replacing the saturated fats in your diet with unsaturated fats.

"A diet high in unsaturated fats -- such as avacados, nuts, seeds, certain fish -- can actually improve your nerve health and actually even reverse nerve injury," said Dr. Eva Feldman, professor of neurology at U-M.

Neuropathy is the most common complication of prediabetes and diabetes but despite its prevalence, there is no treatment. Feldman said the study suggests that changing the types of fat a person eats could provide a new therapeutic avenue for treatment.

The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.