What can be done about neuropathy?

By Toma Latest Reply 2008-10-10 20:01:39 -0500
Started 2008-10-09 09:14:55 -0500

I was asked in a private message about what can be done for neuropathy.

The closest I have to any direct experience is with my mother since I had not advanced that far with my own type 2 diabetes. When I was diagnosed I got my blood glucose under control pretty quickly. My mother had already had type 2 diabetes for a while and her toes were purple. She was very concerned about losing them because two of my aunts (her sisters) had lost their feet before dying from complications of poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. She had seen the dramatic turnaround I had achieved and wanted to know if it would work for her. What she was getting from her doctors at Kaiser just wasn’t doing the job.

The first thing we did was work on her diet to get her blood glucose numbers down. High blood glucose results in elevated glycated hemoglobin and other advanced glycated end products. (A.G.E.s) Getting the glycated hemoglobin is what is measured in the A1C test that we should be getting about every three months. It has been clearly shown that A1C above 7% is linked to advanced risks for the diabetic complications such as neuropathy. The higher the A1C the more the risks. The risks do not go up in relation to the A1C but rather each increase of 1% has a much greater than 1% increase in risks. There also seems to be reversal of symptoms if A1C is kept at or below 6%.

I had read that Alpha Linoleic Acid (one of the omega threes) had shown promise in reversing neuropathy. We started her on that. Then I learned about omega 3 EPA/DHA. That is the omega 3 we get from deep cold water fish. I had her start taking the concentrated omega 3 EPA/DHA capsules. One or the other did the trick. Her toes started showing a big improvement in about three months. I just talked to her on the phone as I was writing this and she indicated that if she eats too many of the wrong carbs she does notice them getting red but nothing like they were.

What we do know is that it is possible to see improvement. I suspect there is a tipping point where the damage from A.G.Es is so severe that it cannot be repaired but I don’t think we have any idea yet what that tipping point is. Other things that are becoming clear with recent research is that there is a connection between inflammatory foods, anti inflammatory foods and inflammatory diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis and a number of other chronic inflammatory diseases. More about inflammatory and anti inflammatory foods at http://www.diabetic-diet-secrets.com/articles...

I think the biggest key is getting blood glucose controlled by whatever means possible. If neuropathy is present there is also other damage being done by the A.G.E.s

I am not a medical professional, just another type 2 diabetic. Perhaps some of the medical professionals on the site can add to this. Have others on the site reversed neuropathy? How did you do it?

There is a lot more about controlling type 2 diabetes with diet and how I did it at www.Diabetic-Diet-Secrets.com. It is also condensed in my ebook that can be downloaded from the site as a PDF

3 replies

Jlynn 2008-10-10 20:01:39 -0500 Report

Well I hope there is some light ahead for me..More then a year, I began getting dizzy just from turning over in bed. The room would spin and for a good while. Then,I began getting dizzy throughout the day,and nauseated,and eventually vomiting. Doctor said it was neuropathy..We increased my meds. I pushed myself harder, and began to have pain in hands and feet, neuropathy.
…it is said to be non treatable etc.
But after finding the cause of my high sugars(an Infection) I have very little dizziness and feet and hand pain.. my sugars are better, not perfect, Better. Its not over, the neuropathy. but I'd like to think of it as a reality check.

enigmalady777 2008-10-10 15:33:16 -0500 Report

Ditto here.

I am on a very low carb diet as well as taking insulin now, so my sugars are more tightly controlled. I'm also on Nortriptyline for the nueropathy pain, plus I have been taking 600 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid daily.

Even so, I still get the shooting pain here and there and at night the burning in my feet still persists.

I'm not really sure if it's the drug, the supplement or the tighter blood sugars (or all of them in concert) that has contributed to less pain, but there is definitely less pain than I had before.

But it's definitely not gone.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-10 09:42:38 -0500 Report

I have neuropathy in my legs and feet. I will tell you from experience that it hurts. I try to keep my sugars down and eat right and sometimes it still flares up

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