Diabetic neuropathy is a painful side effect of diabetes in which the nerves become damaged due to prolonged exposure to high blood glucose levels. Symptoms of neuropathy often include tingling, numbness and shooting pains along the nerves and typically affect the extremities such as the hands or feet.
The important fact about neuropathy is that it can only be cured, if its prime cause is cured. For example, if your neuropathy is caused by high blood glucose levels once you lower the glucose levels the symptoms will typically go away. However, if there is extensive damage it may take a very long time for the nerves to regenerate. Fortunately there are a variety of options which are particularly effective when dealing with this painful disorder.
L-Carnitine, an element found in our body’s, has been found to promote nerve regeneration as well as reduce pain associated with neuropathy. While our body creates this nutrient people who suffer from diabetic neuropathy may need additional doses to assist in regenerating nerves damaged due to high glucose levels. A recommended daily dose for diabetic neuropathy is no more than 3 grams per day however you may want to consult with your physician prior to taking this.
Neuropathy has been found to become worse in people who are deficient in the vitamin B12 which supports the sheathing that protects our nerves. Studies have also found that B12 promotes the regeneration and growth of new nerve cells. The best way to receive additional B12 is through monthly shots since this vitamin is not readily absorbed by the body in capsule form.
Neuropathy is a painful condition brought on by elevated glucose levels and is experienced by nearly 70% of all diabetics. If you are diabetic and over the age of 50 it is vital that you begin today to replenish your body and protect your nervous system to prevent long term damage.