I have diabetes and get pins and needles and burning sensation in my legs. I’m on metformin and glyburide. Is there anything nutritionally you recommend?
The nerve sensation you describe is called neuropathy. Diabetes, shingles, Celiac, heavy metal toxicity, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disorders and neurological conditions are caues of these sensations.
Other neuropathy symptoms include burning, weakness, muscle pain & weakness, shooting pain, tingling, numbness, feeling like you got stabbed by an ice pick, cystitis, urinary urgency, vibration/buzzing sensations, erectile dysfunction, loss of bladder control, poor coordination, trigeminal neuralgia, and dizziness when standing up.
The number one thing you can do to reduce pain is to lower your blood sugar. That is why I recommend the Paleo diet or a Mediterranean diet. Both food plans minimise carb’s. I try to keep clients at 100-150 grams of carb’s daily.
Here is a list of some of the common supplements that I recommend.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – This is one of the most important antioxidants. It helps defend you against free radicals that attack your myelin sheath and ‘fray’ your nerve wiring. Be diligent in taking it every day for several weeks before you make up your mind about ALA. Try 200 – 250 two to four times daily.
Take ALA with omega 3 fish oil (EPA-DHA 720’s). I like to see patients take at least 3-4 grams of EPA-DHA 720’s daily. Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com
GlycemX 360 is a medical food powder that you can make into a delicious shake. It contains natural things that reduce blood sugar, chase away a pain-causing chemical TNF as well as nitric oxide. Other ingredients include Methylcobalamin (B12) -when your body starves for B12, you lose the myelin sheath and your nerves short circuit. This can cause neuropathy and depression. There are dozens of drug muggers of B12, including the diabetic medications that you take as well as processed foods, sugar, antibiotics, estrogen hormones and acid blockers.
Thiamine – I’d suggest about 100 mg daily for a few months, along with a low dose B-complex so you have all the other Bs on board.
Neuragen- It’s a topical ointment sold at pharmacies and online. A study showed that it might be helpful for shingles neuralgia, diabetic or HIV neuropathy or trigeminal neuralgia.
All of these recommendations help get more oxygen to your cells, reduce inflammation, protect the myelin wrapper around your delicate nerves, quench toxic free radicals and reduce protein kinase C (PKC). www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com