Q: A member of our family suffers from peripheral neuropathy. Is there any connection between this condition and a persons diet?


Answer :Peripheral neuropathy is a problem with the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord, which can produce pain, loss of sensation and an inability to control muscles. There are many possible causes, only a few of which may be related to diet. According to the federal Medline Plus database, peripheral neuropathy can be caused by dietary deficiencies, especially vitamin B12, and by excessive alcohol use. You can reduce the risk of neuropathy by following a balanced diet, drinking alcohol in mod-eration, and maintaining control of diabetes and other medical problems. People with a hereditary predisposition for neuropathy need to be especially careful to limit alcohol.


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