Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of diabetic nerve damage, occurring most often in the feet but can occur in the hands or other areas of the body. Proper control of blood glucose levels and other oxidizing stressors to the body can slow progression of neuropathy symptoms. Control of average blood glucose levels is the most important action to take because it can help prevent further nerve damage.
Dr. Richard K. Bernstein has an excellent 20-minute YouTube video on neuropathy, which explains a lot about neuropathy and all the clinical presentations that it can manifest, from carpal tunnel to erectile dysfunction. Of course, he talks about peripheral neuropathy in the feet. One thing he was encouraging about is that neuropathy can be reversed with correct diet. Some members of the Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics™ group have experienced this firsthand! (Search YouTube for “Session 43. Neuropathy – Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes University.”)
Some sources show that “alpha-lipoic acid seems to delay or reverse peripheral diabetic neuropathy through its multiple antioxidant properties.”
However, even though you can reverse neuropathy, you can’t reverse amputation of toes, feet, and legs. So please take good care of your feet!
Diabetes Daily Staff; medically reviewed by Elizabeth Gomez, MSN, FNP-BC. “Neuropathy: What Is It & Can It Be Cured?” Diabetes Daily (May 25, 2016). https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/neuropathy-what-is-it-can-it-be-cured-421238/ (accessed on 8/2/2020). This article includes a nice list of documented resources.
Bernstein, Dr. Richard K. “Session 43. Neuropathy – Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes University [20:38],” YouTube (July 5, 2015). https://youtu.be/CSFpqvhGoPQ (accessed on 8/2/2020).
Vallianou, Natalia; Angelos Evangelopoulos; and Pavlos Koutalas. “Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Diabetic Neuropathy,” Rev Diabet Stud. 2009 Winter; 6(4): 230–236. Published online 2010 Feb 10. doi: 10.1900/RDS.2009.6.230. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836194/ (accessed on 8/2/2020).
Alpha-lipoic acid seems to delay or reverse peripheral diabetic neuropathy through its multiple antioxidant properties.
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Session 43. Neuropathy – Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes University. [20:38]
Here is Dr. Bernstein’s 20-min. video on neuropathy, for anyone who may have missed it earlier. It explains a lot about neuropathy and all the clinical presentations that it can manifest. Things from carpal tunnel to erectile dysfunction. Of course, he talks about peripheral neuropathy in the feet. One thing he was encouraging about is that neuropathy CAN be reversed with correct diet. Some of you have experienced this firsthand!
Please, please take good care of your feet! You can reverse neuropathy but you can’t reverse amputation of toes, feet, and legs.
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