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Help in dealing with neuropathy

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by Junior_Jones, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Winnie53

    Winnie53 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I read and surveyed the Treatment of Prediabetes article. This is a bit concerning...

    Conflict-of-interest statement: Ralph A DeFronzo is a member of the Bristol-Myers Squibb, Janssen, Amylin, Takeda, Novo Nordisk, and Lexicon advisory boards; has received grants from Takeda, Amylin, and Bristol-Myers Squibb; and is a member of the following speakers bureaus: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novo Nordisk, Janssen, and Takeda. No other potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.

    A concern I have about most diabetes studies and articles is that they're not using the low carbohydrate high fat diet (LCHF; up to 150 g carbs) or the low carbohydrate ketogenic diet (LCKD; up to 50 g carbs) because diets that are both high carb and high fat are unhealthy and disease promoting.

    If you really want to dig into the science of the benefits of making lifestyle changes, both diet and exercise, I encourage you to read researchers Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D.'s and Stephen Phinney, M.D., Ph.D.'s two books, or listen to their presentations on YouTube. For dietary guidance and support, I encourage you to visit the Low-carb Diet Forum here... http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/category/low-carb-diet-forum.18/ If eating a vegetarian/vegan diet, additional guidance and support can be found on the Vegetarian Diet Forum here... http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/category/vegetarian-diet-forum.71/ The Diet Doctor website is gets into the "how to's" of the LCHF diet and LCKD here... https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb Membership is free for the first month and includes an impressive video library that includes presentations and interviews with leading diabetes experts from around the world.

    I have a diabetes library of 50+ books. My favorite book that provides a good overview of the what's known from research about diabetes and it's treatment is the book Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes, 2nd Edition (2016). Here's the chapters and appendixes:

    1. What is a normal blood sugar?
    2. How diabetes develops
    3. What really causes diabetes?
    4. Blood sugar level and organ damage
    5. Must you deteriorate?
    6. How to lower blood sugar
    7. Making your diet work
    8. Generic Diabetes Drugs
    9. Patented diabetes drugs
    10. Insulin
    11. Supplements and healing foods
    12. Exercise
    13. Is it really type 2?
    14. Working with doctors and hospitals
    A. Convert mg/dl to mmol/L
    B. What can you eat when you are cutting the carbs?
    C. Diabetes drug families

    It's good that you're both reading research articles and studies. I did the same when I was rediagnosed two years ago with an A1c of 9.9%. All lab work is now within or just above the normal range thanks to the LCHF diet/LCKD, thoughtfully chosen nutritional supplements, and walking, despite the fact that I'm still 45 pounds overweight. If I can do it, anyone can. :)
     
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  2. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    The article was shared purely for the information about prevalence of neuropathy in people who are diagnosed as borderline/prediabetic.

    I should have stated as I have elswhere, that I don't agree with the conclusions eg medicating prediabetes. This due to my own partial sucess and the excellent sucess stories of others on this forum in control though lowering carbs.
     
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  3. Winnie53

    Winnie53 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Alison, my success is best described as "partial" too. I didn't receive the guidance and support I needed when I became prediabetic in 2002 or 2003. Everything changed when I found this forum. There's still much to learn, to try. Glad you're here. :)
     
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  4. MrsKilian

    MrsKilian Type 1 · Newbie

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    thank you for these guidelines. I started b12 and q10 along with my "old" C and Dvit and lowered my BG and my neuropathy eased a bit. I keep on and hope it still will improve
     
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  5. Spunter

    Spunter · Newbie

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    Can you tell me how much alpha lipoic acid is safe to take?
     
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  6. Art Of Flowers

    Art Of Flowers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The ideal dosage for ALA is supposed to be around 600mg a day. I got some 300mg tables from Amazon because I didn't know if I was going to get side effects. The first time I took one I did feel very tired and got a headache, but it was on an empty stomach. After eating lunch I felt full of energy with no headache and I now take it after eating with no problems.

    ALA can reduce blood sugars, so you need to be careful.
     
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  7. Juicetin

    Juicetin Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    600mg a day is perfectly safe, as long as you have no side effects. If you're taking pure r-ala lower doses can be used due to the much greater bioavailability.
    It has had no affect on my blood sugar.
     
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  8. Winnie53

    Winnie53 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The Diabetes Summit is starting soon! It's free. Register here if you haven't already... http://www.thediabetessummit.com/ It will run March 20th - 27th, 2017. On Day 7 John Hayes, M.D. will be interviewed on treating peripheral neuropathy. I don't know anything about him but interested in hearing what he has to say.
     
  9. ekundayo

    ekundayo Type 2 · Member

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    Dear Omnipod and everyone else on this post - this has been one of the most helpful and inspiring posts I have read in a long while. I can do much better with my glucose control and will most definitely read the antioxidant and other books mentioned. Sometimes I wonder if whether I don't control as well as I should because I assume what's the point - a very negative way of thinking and relates to my being avoidant regarding my diabetes (type 1 since April 2005). So - tomorrow is another day - which means check BG tonight take night time dose of insulin and tomorrow enjoy my scrambled eggs salmon and a small piece of bread - one step at a time.
     
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  10. ekundayo

    ekundayo Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks to all those who replied and awarded me trophies. Have now got both books - The Diabetes Solution (Dr Bernstein) and Blood Sugar 101 (Jenny Ruhl) - money well spent. I am looking for book covers for the Bernstein book as I will be taking it with me on the train - any suggestions for where I could purchase book covers for it welcome.

    Today also went to GP and had all bloods done including Iron, B12, Folate and Vitamin D - thought I would do this before starting supplements.

    My strategy for the Bernstein book is to read it from the beginning to the end with notebook by my side.

    Let's see how I get on,

    Ps have registered for the summit
     
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