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Diabetic Neuropathy -
Causes and Treatment of Diabetic Nerve Pain
you want to know what
causes the nerve damage and thus diabetic nerve pain?
explanation for all types of neuropathy
Diabetic nerve damage and the pain are caused by too much sugar
in the blood. The sugar hurts the nerve cell's outer
sheath (the protective outer cover).
cells have three main parts: cell body, axons, and dendrites (or
terminal). (See diagram below)
Nerve damage occurs when the
outer sheathing or the myelin (protective covering) of
nerve cells degenerate. This is similar to an
electrical wire that is covered with insulation, and
the insulation is beginning to crumble. Without
insulation the unprotected wire will start
This short-circuiting will cause all the unpleasant
and painful sensations that people who are suffering from nerve pain go through. When
the nerve damage continues to deteriorate, the nerve
does not relay the nerve impulses and the sensation of
numbness will occur.
Diabetics will suffer from this nerve pain and
it is a major complication of the disease. It is the higher than normal sugar levels that creates
the damage which is why controlling blood sugar is so important. It is an
The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy depend on the type of nerves — motor, sensory, or autonomic — that is damaged. Some people may experience numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations, sensitivity to touch, or muscle weakness. It is the cause of numbness in the fingers and even left arm pain and tingling.
Others may suffer more extreme symptoms, including burning pain (especially at night), shooting pain, muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction. Small fiber neuropathy affects the nerve endings in the fingers or toes. When a motor nerve is affected, you get muscle weakness and wasting.
The symptoms of nerve damage and thus what is referred to as 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 and ankles or legs may, after several years, lead to weakness in the muscles of the feet and burning feet.
Diabetic neuropathy can flare up suddenly and affect specific nerves so that an affected individual will develop double vision or drooping eyelids, or 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, not to mention having trouble with coordination.
Treatments for Neuropathy*
You've probably read or heard about lots of different remedies for the symptoms of nerve damage (neuropathy). You just need to search on the internet under neuropathy to get pages and pages of remedies. The search will reveal many different viewpoints about what will help you get relief. I've talked to many people who have tried remedy after remedy.
There are many herbs that attempt to cover up the symptoms and there are many drugs that try to cover up the symptoms.
There are many different anti-oxidants and formulas that will bring some relief. I know the things that will help - essential fatty acids, vitamin c, combination of acetyl l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid - etc. etc.
You can go to Neuropathy Treatments to get the pros and cons of many of these.
The real cause of all these problems however is the unhealthy nerves. Healthy nerves aren't painful, they aren't numb, don't burn.... and aren't all the other symptoms that you feel with nerve damage.
What can you do:
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Restoring Health to the Nerves:
We always recommend you take the approach of building health and nerves are no different.
Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.
Pros: Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are not painful. Healthy nerves mean that they communicate and don't send wrong signals such as burning, hot and cold, tingling when there is no reason for it. Healthy motor nerves mean that they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly without weakness.
The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to build healthy nerves. Getting bio-available special forms of B1 and B12 along with the other B Vitamns that activate them will promote and support healthy nerves.
Cons: It may not give immediate relief as the vitamins are working at a cellular level, it may take longer, but it does address the actual problem and builds healthy nerves.
Building Healthy Nerves: Find out what is needed to restore health to the nerves*
Natural Treatment & Building Healthy Nerves
The body needs the correct tools to restore health and build healthy nerves. These tools are specific nutrition (vitamins). Healthy nerves aren't painful, they aren't numb, don't burn.... and don't have any of the other symptoms of nerve damage.
What are they? Read on.
It has been known for some time that B1 (thiamine) is very effective. It is needed by the body to create healthy nerves.
Unfortunately, the oral intake of vitamin B1 does not greatly increase the levels of B1 in the blood stream.
The reason for this is that Thiamine, like all of the B vitamins, is water-soluble. Thiamine cannot be stored in the body and flushes out within 4 to 5 hours.
Additionally, it has been found the symptoms are made worse by insufficient amounts of B12 in the body.
Vitamin B12 supports the sheathing that protects nerve cells and has shown in studies to promote the growth of healthy nerve cells.
In the past, it has been difficult to remedy the B12 deficiency. The reason for this is that while vitamin B12 is readily stored by the body, it is not readily absorbed by the body. For this reason much larger amounts have been used in supplementation, but even large oral dosages have not been an adequate solution.
Keep reading. There is a solution.
A Remedy for this Problem:
You might have heard of the new type of vitamin B1 being produced, called Benfotiamine. It is a fat-soluble version of vitamin B1. What does this mean? It means this new form of vitamin B1 can be taken orally in large dosages and it will not flush out of the body the way ordinary Thiamine (vitamin B1) does. This is due to the fact that this type of B1 will be delivered into the blood stream where it can travel to the cells and be used.
Also available is Methylcobalamine (called Methyl B12). This is the form of vitamin B12 that can be directly utilized by the body. When regular B12 is taken, the body has to convert it into the Methyl B12 in the gut. Methyl B12 already comes in this usable form.
Where can I find these supplements?
RECOMMENDED: (This is where we have researched products and found one that we found will work for you)
We have been recommending this formula for 13 years. We have looked at other products that had similar ingredients, but haven't found one that has all the necessary ingredients.
This company has had this formula since 2004 and has over 15 years worth of success. The vitamins talked about above to build healthy nerves are available together. The name of the product is RHP® Nerve Support Formula
It contains both the Benfotiamine and Methyl B12. The result is that the blood stream levels of vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 can be greatly increased, providing the nutritional support needed by the body to rapidly and far more effectively to decrease or eliminate the symptoms of unhealthy nerves.
Both Benfotiamine and Methyl B12 have been shown to be non-toxic and without any side effects even in very high dosages.
Additionally, the formula has three other B vitamins and vitamin D3 in the exact proportion that work together to produce the best results. The formula has been found to be exactly what the body needs.
Why the other B vitamins in the formula?
B1 (thiamine) is dependent on the other B-complex vitamins. Absorption of B1 into the body requires adequate supplies of vitamin B6, B12 and B9 (folic acid). A deficiency in Vitamins B12 can increase loss of B1in the urine, and vitamin B6 also appears to help regulate distribution of thiamine throughout the body. B9 (folic acid) is also necessary to activate the absorption of the B12. The body utilizes vitamin B2 to keep tissue healthy and to help accelerate healing of injuries. B2 protects the nervous system.
In addition the formula has Vitamin D. One of the functions of Vitamin D is the regulation of nervous system development and function.
How do these vitamins support nerve health? Read about Healthy Nerves
*Studies & Research on Nerve Health
Support for Your Success:
We want to make sure that you get the results you are seeking. We have is a live support line. Our help is part of your purchase.
We don't just want you to buy a vitamin and hope it works. We want to make sure that you know how to take it and anything that might cause a slowdown in building nerve health.
The vitamins we recommend have a 90 Day money back guarantee. This money back guarantee means that you can buy 1, 2 or 3 bottles (up to three months' worth) and return them if you feel it doesn't work for you.
Sounds too good to be true? This formula has a very high success rate with lots of testimonials. See below.
RHP™ Nerve Support Formula can support the body’s ability to build healthy nerves by addressing the root of the problem at a cellular level.
The cost of this product is $44.20 a bottle.
The cost also includes any help you might need to get you the best possible results.
The RHP® Nerve Support Formula has no known side effects or interactions with any medications.
The Nerve Support Formula is made at an "FDA Inspected Facility" and cGMP labs (Good Manufacturing Practice Facility). This means it adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices for supplement manufacturers. This process guarantees the potency, purity and quality of this product. You can read more about the Quality of Manufacturing here.
Made in the USA. Gluten free.
And we want to keep in touch to make sure you get the best possible results. We do want to make sure that you understand the instructions and that nothing is stopping your progress to nerve health. Just email us.
As we said, they have lots of great success stories that you can read including dental surgery successes.
Have questions; go to Frequently Asked Questions
You can get more information about the RHP® Nerve Support Formula.
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