Many people suffering from neuropathy limit their mobility, due to the altered physical perception and numbness in the soles of the feet and the legs. They no longer have the courage to walk far distances or stand for longer periods of time. Exercise, in the strict sense of the word, is not even considered! Serious falls are considered to be a risk of the disease in advanced neuropathy. But just the fear of a fall and the increasing insecurity in one’s own body enormously limit quality of life, even in early stages of the disease. Here is where diabetics with the onset of neuropathy can and should actively take countermeasures.
Regular physical activity improves body awareness and coordination of the changing body. As a result, the relevant muscles are preserved longer and the risk of falls during everyday activities is reduced. Pain and other symptoms of neuropathy, such as tingling, burning, or numbness, also typically decrease during exercise. The additional exercise strengthens the circulatory system, promotes circulation and thus also metabolism and blood glucose control. However, do not start training on your own, but rather talk to your doctor so that your insulin adjustment can be adapted, if necessary.