As mentioned in last week’s blog post – cholesterol-lowering medication can cause peripheral neuropathy. Statins are the most commonly prescribed type of medication in the United States. The medical community is placing nearly every senior on these drugs. Yet, even with most seniors taking statins, heart disease is still the nation’s number one killer. Worse still, these drugs are not necessary for many people who take them. Statin medications have been proven to cause many serious side effects, including liver failure, diabetes, cancer, and peripheral neuropathy. There are also studies linking statin use to brain damage, leading to cognitive impairment and memory problems. The good news is, about 90% of people who were on statin drugs reported cognitive improvement after they stopped taking those medications. If you are currently taking statin drugs or considering doing so, please bring these concerns up with your doctor.
There is also a little known cause of peripheral neuropathy that can be found at almost every meal. This is particularly true for those who consume a diet that largely consists of processed and fast food. The culprit? Gluten. What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat. For those who have gluten-sensitivity issues, the impact of gluten can be profound. Here are some of the problems gluten sensitivity can cause; skin problems, such as eczema, digestive problems, and neurological disorders, as exemplified by gluten ataxia and peripheral neuropathy. Nine of the well-known symptoms of gluten intolerance include;
abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, joint pain, bone pain, muscle pain, bloating and acid reflux.
Other causes of neuropathy can include; chemotherapy, exposure to powerful chemicals and toxic substances such as industrial chemicals, Agent Orange or heavy metals. Vascular disorders and circulation problems mean you have less blood flowing to your blood vessels. Decreased blood flow deprives the nerves of the oxygen that the nerves and cells need. Alcoholism robs the body of vital nutrients and vitamins thereby increasing the chance of developing peripheral neuropathy. Deficiencies of B vitamins can play a major role in the development of peripheral neuropathy.
Obviously, a change in diet and life style can lead to amazing transformations in health, well-being, and happiness. If you are interested in learning more, please sign up for one of our free dinner seminars. Call our office to learn more, 915-587-4600.