Alpha-lipoic acid: A must have for diabetics?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-02-07 21:32:53 -0600
Started 2013-02-02 19:18:16 -0600

Are you a diabetic?

Have you ever heard of Alpha-lipoic acid?

Here is some very interesting information concerning Alpha-lipoic acid and diabetes:

In several studies, alpha-lipoic acid appears to help lower blood sugar levels. Its ability to kill free radicals may help people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, who have pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in arms and legs from nerve damage.

Alpha-lipoic acid has been used for years to treat peripheral neuropathy in Germany. Most of the studies that have found it helps have used intravenous (IV) alpha-lipoic acid, however. It' s not clear whether taking alpha-lipoic acid by mouth will help. Most studies of oral alpha-lipoic acid have been small and poorly designed. One 2006 study did find that taking alpha-lipoic acid for diabetic neuropathy reduced symptoms compared to placebo.

Taking alpha-lipoic acid may help another diabetes-related condition called autonomic neuropathy, which affects the nerves to internal organs. One study found that 73 people with cardiac autonomic neuropathy, which affects the heart, showed fewer signs of the condition when taking 800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid orally compared to placebo.

Hmmm, very interesting!

24 replies

lneider 2013-02-07 17:57:14 -0600 Report

I have heard of this don't knowif this is a supplement or how much to take or what form it comes in ? L

jayabee52 2013-02-07 18:11:58 -0600 Report

L, see the link on re1deer's post of Feb 3. It is a good overview of ALA. I myself use ALA and if you are unsure of how much to use, start with a minimal dose of 200 IU and ramp up slowly from there.

I had been on 600 IU for Diabetes related Neuropathy and increased it to 1800 suddenly, all at one time in the morning. I am not sure whether that did it but that day I got serious heartburn (I don't usually have that). I have backed off again and intend to gradually increase it and see what results I get.

Lentyl 2013-02-07 19:01:02 -0600 Report

Has the ALA helped the neuropathy?

jayabee52 2013-02-07 19:07:21 -0600 Report

at one point early on I believe I noticed a lessening of my burning pain at 1200 IU (total dose split 3 times a day.) But then I stopped for a while (don't remember why) and now must go back and try again.

GabbyPA 2013-02-03 14:14:51 -0600 Report

I take it for my feet and it really does seem to help. I take 600 mg twice a day and it generally allows me to sleep at night when my feet are most bothersome.

jayabee52 2013-02-02 22:51:15 -0600 Report

Yes I have not only heard of ALA but I take it as a part of my daily morning ritual.

I saw the article on my home page this morning and commented there as well. I have recently been taking 600 mg, but it does not seem to be doing much for me. I read the article (under the link "Living with diabetes" and it seems from that I may need to take 1800 mg to be effective and it takes about 6 wks to feel an effect. I am gonna try that, because the burning pain is really awful.


manapua72 2013-02-02 22:49:56 -0600 Report

Ok … I was curious … I'm a type 2 , though I'm insulin dependent . I've tested to see if my pancreas was making any insulin results were negative no longer making any . So need my insulin just like a type 1 …

PetiePal 2013-02-05 08:27:19 -0600 Report

Basically the beta cells got wiped…just in a different way. So you could follow a lot of T1 regimens, unless you produce ANY insulin.

jayabee52 2013-02-02 23:15:41 -0600 Report

I don't know any difference between you as a T 2 and a T 1, except your pancreatic beta cells didn't get wiped out by a autoimmune response to them. There may be a potential chance that if you don't push your Beta cells too hard, there might be a possibility of your Beta cells starting to put out insulin again. But then again, maybe not.

locarb 2013-02-02 20:30:15 -0600 Report

Like everything else, it does for some and not for others. It does nothing for me. I even took r-alpha, which is purported to be "better". I quit taking it over a year ago. There was no measurable difference between taking it or not; other than the expense.

I am always cautious about "must haves".

re1ndeer 2013-02-02 19:57:39 -0600 Report

I take alpha-lipoic Acid, twice a day 200mg. Once in the morning and once with supper. It seems to control my blood sugars.

I've been taking it since I was diagnosed in 2006. I do however have to watch that if I don't eat enough, I might go to low, which has happened a few times.

manapua72 2013-02-02 21:28:40 -0600 Report

So r u only taking this supplement to control your blood sugar ??? You said u take it twice daily in the morning & @ night and it seems to control your blood sugar … So I guess that means no oral meds or insulin ??? Just curious to know what you meant exactly …

re1ndeer 2013-02-02 22:16:05 -0600 Report

I'm a type 1 diabetic. I take my alpha-lipoic acid before my meals (breakfast & supper), approximately 1 hour. Then I take my fast acting insulin, and eat my meal.

Then I will check my blood sugars, before my next meal. See what they are log them, and continue with the procedure for my insulin for lunch.

When supper comes, I will check my blood sugars, log them take my Alpha-lipoic acid, 1 hour before supper. Make supper, Take my insulin, eat my meal.

Most of the time my blood sugars will run between 89 to 130, depending what I will eat with my meals.

I have other health issues that I also take other medications for. Some of which will raise my blood sugars. This is why I started to take this, as it kind of balances me out, and my doctors are O.K. with me taking this.

re1ndeer 2013-02-07 21:10:31 -0600 Report

Yes I did, if you look further up in this discussion, I have posted a web site to take a look at. I'm still taking this supplement.

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