Too many diabetics know the symptoms of neuropathy all too well. Neuropathy long-term effects included burning, tingling, itching, and numbness of the feet and later other parts of the body. Neuropathy can eventually affect both the digestive tract and the heart. Too many years of poorly controlled blood sugars are well-known to cause neuropathy. But how many diabetics know that neuropathy can be caused not just by too much sugar but also by too much salt?
Neuropathy presents an astonishing range of symptoms. In addition to the better-known numbness and burning in the hands and feet, there can also be:
- Numbness or insensitivity to heat or pain
- Sensitivity to touch, even light touch and
- Sharp pains and cramps
- Burning, tingling, or prickly sensations
These are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. There can also be, usually after a period of a few more years:
- Bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhea (diarrhea is worse at night), nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite
- Copious sweating while eating
- Dizziness when moving from seated to standing position
- Overheating and
- Problems with bladder control
These are the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy. And in some cases there can even be:
- Aching behind an eye
- Chest or abdominal pain sometimes mistaken for angina, heart attack, or appendicitis
- Double vision
- Difficulty focusing the eyes
- Vague pains in the chest, stomach, or flank
- Pain in the front of a thigh
- Mild to sharp pain lower back or pelvis and
- Problems with hearing
These are the symptoms of focal neuropathy. All of these wide-ranging varieties of nerve damage are related not just to uncontrolled blood sugars, but also to high cholesterol, high triglycerides, deficiencies in antioxidants, and too much salt. Salt, in particular, is a problem when there are vitamin and antioxidant deficiencies, since deficiency conditions make salt a factor in creating nerve-damaging free radicals. These problems together literally dissolve nerves from the inside out.
So what can be done about neuropathy?
1. First of all, do your best to keep your blood sugars in check.
2. Avoid fat and salt as best you can.
3. And take 600 to 2,000 mg of alpha-lipoic acid every day.
Taking alpha-lipoic acid often reverses the symptoms of neuropathy, both inside and out, in about a month. The symptoms stay away as long as the alpha-lipoic acid is continued. It’s always better to control blood sugars, but if for various reasons that is not possible, alpha-lipoic acid is a truly useful supplement for controlling and reversing diabetic neuropathy.Mar 31st by admin