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2011-04-28

Vitamins and Minerals for Diabetic Neuropathy

Again, let's skip the fluff and get down to business...

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial involving 67 type 2 diabetic patients, supplementation with a combination of vitamins and minerals was found to be associated with a significant reduction in neuropathic symptoms.

Subjects who received the following for a period of 4 months were found to have a reduction in neuropathic symptoms from 3.96 to 1.0:
  • 20 mg/d zinc
  • 250 mg/d magnesium
  • 200 mg/d vitamin C
  • 100 mg/d vitamin E
Those who received the nutrients above plus the following were found to have a reduction in neuropathic symptoms from 3.45 to 0.64, over the course of 4 months:
  • 10 mg/d vitamin B1
  • 10 mg/d vitamin B2
  • 10 mg/d vitamin B6
  • 200 microg/d biotin
  • 10 microg/d vitamin B12
  • and 1 mg/d folic acid
These are all fairly modest doses, and most of these levels can easily be met with a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. Recently I also posted a study on the need for a multivitamin even for those who feel they eat "healthy."

Source: Improving neuropathy scores in type 2 diabetic patients using micronutrients supplementation

In clinical experience, I've also had success with alpha-lipoic acid (using an R+, temperature-stabilized, sustained-release formula). Something else to consider.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Great Site, Vitamin supplements are a large part of having good health. We need water, sleep, exercise, a healthy diet love and prayer are some of the essentials of good health and well-being.

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