Diabetes and Neurological Problems


Diabetes and Neurological Problems
During early studies, researchers found that diabetics suffered from an inositol deficiency and posited a link between this shortage and nerve damage. It was found that supplementing diabetics with inositol did improve their neuropathy. Recently studies have also found that omega-3 fatty acids, especially the DHA (docosahexiaonic acid) component, improve nerve function. Vitamin E is also beneficial and should always be taken with DHA because DHA is a highly unsaturated, making it susceptible to oxidation.

One study of twenty-one type II diabetics given 900 mg of vitamin E for six months found a significant improvement in the nerve conduction velocity test (NCV), which evaluates damage or disease in peripheral nerves. Histological evidence of nerve fiber regrowth was also seen in a large number of the patients. Those given a placebo did not improve.

Blood sugar complications, food intake, and pancreatic issues all factor in to the day-to-day lives of diabetes sufferers. Not to mention the fact that certain medications, while they may help, also pose serious health risks.

All nerves require B vitamins for normal function. Folate, vitamin B12, pyridoxine (B6), riboflavin (B2), and thiamine (B1) are especially important. Supplementation should also include biotin, pantothenic acid, vitamins D, K, and C and minerals. Iron, because it is a powerful free-radical generator, should excluded from the supplements,k unless a severe deficiency exists. Because of the continual increased production of free radicals and the lipid peroxidation in diabetics, it is vital to increase the blood's supply of glutathione.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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