Which lifestyle modifications are used the treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease?

Updated: Feb 19, 2019
  • Author: Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, MD, PhD, MSc, FAAN; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Patients should maintain a well-balanced diet and avoid obesity, which can contribute to back pain, spinal root disease, and certain entrapment neuropathies (meralgia paresthetica); naturally, carrying an overweight body is more of a strain on weakened muscles. Obesity and other causes of glucose intolerance are also particularly undesirable because of the risk of diabetic neuropathies.

Avoiding excessive alcohol use is important. Whether alcohol abuse alone without associated nutritional deficits leads to neuropathy is unclear; however, intoxication with alcohol or other drugs can result in nerve or other trauma. While neurotoxic alcohol intake in patients with preexisting neuropathy has not been studied, common sense suggests that patients with CMT should consume less alcohol than unaffected individuals.


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