Benefits for Neuropathy - Alpha Lipoic Acid
One of the most common complications of diabetes is diabetic neuropathy.
The high blood sugar levels in diabetics can cause damage to the arteries that supply the nerves with blood and often damage to the sheath protecting the nerves. This results in numbness, pins, and needles, burning sensation and pain.
Diabetic Neuropathy and Alpha Lipoic Acid
Though many studies had been conducted overseas using ALA to treat diabetic
patients, the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study with a Russian medical
center to test ALA's ability to help specifically with diabetic neuropathy.
Half of the patients received five treatments a week consisting of 600 mg
of alpha lipoic acid in intravenous form, while the others got a placebo.
In just 2 1/2 weeks, the alpha lipoic acid patients reported -- and the
researchers noted in examinations -- dramatic improvements in symptoms,
including a six-point drop in pain levels on a 10-point scale. "But it
didn't act only as a pain medication," says researcher and Mayo Clinic
neurologist Peter Dyck, MD. "Alpha lipoic acid seems to actually change the
metabolism of the nerve or blood supply to the nerve, and we noted some
relief in symptoms." His study, reported in the March issue of Diabetes
Care, involved 120 patients with the most common form of diabetic
neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and a burning sensation and often
leads to foot problems. Recently, Dr. Dan Ziegler and Dr. F. Arnold Gries
at Heinrich Heine University in Dusselfdorf had more exciting news to
report about lipoic acid. They found that treatment with lipoic acid
actually stimulated the regeneration of nerve fibers in diabetics. In less
than three weeks of treatments, patients taking 600mg of lipoic acid daily
experienced a significant reduction in pain and numbness associated with
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