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Alpha Lipoic Acid for Diabetic Neuropathy

The Emerging Role of Alpha Lipoic Acid for Diabetic Neuropathy

The term peripheral neuropathy refers to a condition characterized by damage to nerves that are not part of the brain and spinal cord. When this condition is the result of chronic elevated glucose levels it is then referred to as diabetic neuropathy. Research reveals that more than 70% of people with elevated glucose levels (as in pre-diabetes or diabetes) will develop peripheral neuropathy.

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Overcoming Diabetic Neuropathy

Overcoming Diabetic Neuropathy

Overcoming Diabetic Neuropathy

If you have had diabetes for several years, or even if you are pre-diabetic, the latest research has revealed that you are three times more likely to develop Diabetic Nerve pain, also known as peripheral neuropathy. As a matter of fact, 70 percent of diabetics will develop diabetic nerve pain (aka: peripheral neuropathy).

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One-Third of Slim American Adults Have Pre-Diabetes

THIN PEOPLE CAN HAVE DIABETES, TOO!

It's often assumed that in order to develop type 2 diabetes, you have to be overweight. While it's true that excess weight is clearly associated with insulin resistance and diabetes, it's the insulin resistance — not necessarily the weight gain — that drives the disease.

As such, many people with a healthy weight are not metabolically healthy, putting them at risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes — even without being overweight or obese.

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SUGAR:  Is It Really That Bad?

The Sugar Hype

You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You bake it into pastries, cakes, and cookies. You even sprinkle it all over your breakfast cereal or your oatmeal.

But that's not all. It's also hidden in many of our favorite "treats" that people consume on a daily basis, such as sodas, fruit juices, candies, ice cream, almost all processed foods, and even condiments like ketchup.

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Prediabetes & Obesity: Growing Problem of Peripheral Neuropathy

Studies Reveal Peripheral Nerve Damage Begins with Pre-diabetes and Obesity

Peripheral neuropathy may be more common in patients with pre-diabetes than previously thought, and early interventions may be warranted in this patient population, according to researchers from the University of Utah. 

Currently, 86 million adults — more than one in three U.S. adults — have prediabetes, according to CDC estimates. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15% to 30% of these people will develop full-blown type 2 diabetes within 5 years.1

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WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GLUTEN AND NEUROPATHY?

Did you ever let your foot fall asleep and suffer first from numbness and then from a tingling, pins-and-needles sensation while it "awakened"? People with peripheral neuropathy suffer from those types of sensations all the time. And there's growing evidence that peripheral neuropathy is linked with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

Neuropathy Is Extremely Common

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Obesity and Diabetes

7 Steps to Reverse Obesity and Diabetes 

Diabetes and Obesity affect EVERY other American and one in four kids? Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in America has tripled since the 1980s, and researchers estimate one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. More than one-third of American adults are obese. And one in three Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes making - it the biggest driver of our federal debt. Sadly, these numbers continue to increase.

Overall, it’s not a pretty picture, and experts predict things will only become worse.  Type 2 Diabetes is associated with the following chronic illnesses and diseases:

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70 % OF ALL DIABETICS WILL DEVELOP PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY UNLESS YOU KNOW THIS…

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a serious and common complication of diabetes.  Currently there are 29 million cases of type 2 diabetes that have been diagnosed and another 8.1 million cases that are undiagnosed, reported by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, between 60 and 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy.

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Diabetes Runs in My Family. Does that Mean I’ll Get it? 

Is Type 2 Diabetes Hereditary?

My mom has Type 2 diabetes, and it also runs in my dad’s side of the family. Does that mean I’m doomed?

This is a common question and relevant concern from patients.  When you look at the statistics, over a 25-year period (1983 to 2008), the number of people in the world with diabetes increased from 35 million to 240 million.  This number only reflects the amount of people who have actually been diagnosed with diabetes.  This number is a gross underestimate, because it does not take into account the number of undiagnosed cases of diabetes.

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HALF OF ADULTS IN THE U.S. HAVE DIABETES OR PRE-DIABETES

According to a study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in September 2015, nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes. 

CDC (Center for Disease Control) Statistics also revealed that

1 out of every 4 people have undiagnosed diabetes and

9 out of 10 people have undiagnosed pre-diabetes.  30% of all pre-diabetics will develop full blown Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years.

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