Diabetic Neuropathy?

Symptoms of nerve damage — diabetic neuropathy — in diabetics cs include:
  • Tingling and burning pains (pins-and-needles feeling)
  • Lightning-fast shooting pains
  • Numbness
  • Cannot feel temperature of bath water
  • Ulceration
  • Skin burns when touched
  • Mostly affects feet and legs
  • Prevented by controlling blood sugar


Dr. Blaylock’s Tip of the Week:

B Vitamins Protect Diabetics

I once treated a diabetic patient referred to me by a diabetes specialist. She asked me to treat a nerve problem the woman was experiencing.

I recommended, among other things, a high-dose supplement of B vitamins. I learned that the specialist later told her not to take them. She informed her that all they would do was make her toilet water expensive! I was absolutely shocked that a diabetes specialist didn’t know about the B vitamins and their beneficial effects on diabetic nerve damage.

The nervous system (that includes nerves) is highly dependent on the B vitamins for proper function.

Bruce Ames — one of the world’s foremost experts on molecularr biology and free radicals — conducted a study showing that with age and in certain disease states, our enzymes do not work as well. He found that by significantly increasing the dose of the B vitamins, it was possible to kick-start them into operating efficiently again.

On hearing of this, I immediately thought of the diabetic specialist and his ridiculous advice.

Diabetes affects nerves in a variety of ways. One diabetic reaction involves free radicals and lipid peroxidation products. And the disorder can also wreak havoc by taking advantage of a special metabolic pathway.

But antioxidant vitamins and flavonoids protect the nerves and allow them to recover. And other metabolic supplements have been shown to speed and enhance nerve healing, especially in diabetics. These include alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L carnitine, CoQ10, N-acetyl-L cysteine (NAC), DHA and vitamin E.

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