Many neuropathy and diabetic patients don’t even know that 600 calories extra per day, is 4200 per week. Or that that translates into a minimum 60 lb. weight gain or more in 12 months…
Not too long ago, I interviewed Mr. Hank Cardello on Beating Neuropathy Radio.
I’ve also posted some video clips of my time on the air with Hank.
Hank is the author of the book “Stuffed” a really fabulous read for anyone in healthcare.
He’s a really fun expert to talk too. Hank spent years inside the food industry. I engaged Hank to talk to our patient audience about neuropathy, pain and obesity.
And in particular, why we as a nation have become “Stuffed”.
One of the things he had said which really hit home is that the average American is easily consuming 600 more calories per day than they actually need.
You’ll remember back to Nutrition 101 that that translates into about 60 lbs. per year! Yikes, no wonder patients are so overweight.
You and I both have cases where the patient has gained twice or maybe 3 times this much in a single year.
Here’s my point. All of this is a great place to begin neuropathy and pain treatment discussions with your patients.
You see, many neuropathy and diabetic patients don’t even know that 600 calories extra per day, is 4200 per week. Or that that translates into a minimum 60 lb. weight gain or more in 12 months, if their activity stays the same. One of the issues we see of course is that activity diminishes in neuropathy so the problem in our patients often becomes even worse!
So, start to engage your patients more. I tend to be blunt, but polite. Your strategy may differ some. Introduce weight loss programs. Talk about healthy lifestyles as they relate to lifestyle and neuropathy.
Get your staff engaged in patient workshops. They can even run your weight loss programs!
Not only will you be helping your patients beat their neuropathy, you might just save their life!