My wife has diabetes and sometimes gets strange sensations in her hands and feet.
Q. Dear Terry, “My wife has diabetes and sometimes gets strange sensations in her hands and feet. Her doctor says that neuropathy is probably the cause of her symptoms. Are there natural things that can help?” — Trent W., Oxnard, CA
A. Dear Trent, I think diet is incredibly important for addressing any issue, including neuropathy. I would start by having your wife eliminate refined sugar and carbohydrates, and I highly recommend trying the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is the one I personally follow and she can find more information on my website and YouTube channel. She may also want to check out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. She should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I believe she would benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients: including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing.
When looking for a formula, she should choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 50% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed.
I would have her try these ingredients three times per day for the first month and then she can try taking them twice daily thereafter.
Terry . . . Naturally