Help for Peripheral Neuropathy

imfreegraphicDo you know of anyone with peripheral neuropathy taking pharmaceutical drugs with nasty side effects???

In diabetics, elevated blood sugar can lead to painful nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy.  Current treatments for peripheral neuropathy are associated with a high risk of side effects and typically do not address the root problem that causes this condition.

In The American Journal of Medicine, researchers found that, for people with type II diabetes and neuropathy, taking a supplemental form of folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6, improved symptom scores by about 25% after 24 weeks of treatment.

According to the study authors, about 35% of people with diabetes have peripheral neuropathy. Nerve damage in people with diabetes is mainly caused by prolonged, elevated blood sugar. This damage may lead to pain, lack of sensation in the affected body part, tingling and numbness sensations and in severe cases, can lead to amputation. Strict blood sugar control is the cornerstone for preventing and treating neuropathy, along with the use of other conventional treatments.

The study authors also point out that, in addition to elevated blood sugar, vitamin deficiency may also contribute to neuropathy. Prior research has shown that the B vitamins may improve nerve and vascular function, and studies have shown that for some people with neuropathy, vitamin supplementation may help.

Here’s how the study went….

214 type II diabetics (ranging for 25-80 yrs) with mild-moderate neuropathy were assigned a supplement containing biologically active forms of folate, B12 and B6, or a placebo twice a day for 24 weeks.  (participants stayed on their usual meds) At the beginning during and after this intervention, participants filled out questionnaires like the Neuropathy Total Symptom Score (NTSS-6) .  Here’s what they found:

  • By 24 weeks scores improved about 25% for people taking the supplementation vs 15% in the placebo group
  • People in the supplement group reported improved quality of life
  • Vibrational perception (a measure of nerve function) was not significantly affected in either group
  • There were few adverse effects

If you or a loved one has diabetes, or suffers the symptom of neuropathy related to a different cause, it is important to talk with a qualified health practitioner about prevention/treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of certain treatments for neuropathy. A knowledgeable practitioner may have awareness about both conventional and complementary therapies that may help.  Some help for neurological health may include  more healthy fats like coconut oil, anti-oxidant-rich foods like leafy greens, berries and carrots, eating organic as much as possible to avoid toxins, stress management, mental exercises and focusing on a positive mindset, detoxification for heavy metals, hydrotherapy and massage.

(Am J Med 2013;126:141–9)

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