Friday, September 4, 2009

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy (DN)is a peripheral nerve disorder which disproportionately afflicts diabetics. It is one of the many serious "Complications" of diabetes and often leads to amputation of limbs.

The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are often slight at first. In fact,
some mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time.

Numbness, pain or tingling in the feet or legs may, after several years, lead to weakness in the muscles of the feet. Occasionally, diabetic neuropathy can flare
up suddenly and affect specific nerves so that an affected individual
will develop double vision, drooping eyelids and weakness and atrophy
of the thigh muscles.

Nerve damage caused by diabetes generally occurs over a period of years and may lead to problems with the digestive tract and sexual organs, which can cause indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness, bladder infections and impotence.

The loss of sensation in the feet may increase the possibility for foot injuries to go unnoticed and develop into ulcers or lesions that become infected, which then leads to amputations of feet and legs.

Diabetic neuropathy cannot be avoided strictly by controlling blood sugar, contrary to conventional wisdom. Although blood sugar control helps, it cannot stop the disease.

Free radicals, waste products of the body's metabolism, poor diet, especially fried foods; ingested from the environment, especially cigarette smoke; attack the lipid or fat sheath surrounding nerve fibers. This is analagous to damaging the insulation on an electrical wire, causing short circuits and interfering with the proper functioning of the system, in this case, the body's nervous system.

In the US, treatment is normally limited to orally administered diabetes drugs, which as mentioned before does Not stop the onset or progression of diabetic neuropathy.

In Germany and other parts of Europe, DN has been treated successfully with a powerful antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid. Alpha Lipoic Acid stops free radicals
from damaging the nerve coverings.

You can prevent DN by eating a diet rich in antioxidants, an alkalizing diet as well as taking antioxidant supplements, including alpha lipoic acid.

For cases of DN that have progressed to the point where amputations are needed, the Japanese have pioneered a truly remarkably effective treatment that can save diabetics limbs, even if they have become gangrenous!

Check out this comprehensive site that will teach you more about using alkalinity and antioxidants to fight and even cure T2 diabetes. Be sure to watch the video that shows how Japanese doctors save a man's diabetic foot from amputation, amazing!

Any questions? Contact me:
Bill Young, Nutrition Therapy Coach

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