A recent study in the journal Diabetic Medicine claims that diabetic patients who are deficient in vitamin D experience more severe diabetic peripheral neuropathy symptoms than those who are not deficient in vitamin D.
The study followed 59 participants. Of those 59, 45 had type 2 diabetes. The diabetic groups were further broken down into: diabetic with peripheral neuropathy, diabetic without peripheral neuropathy, and diabetic with painless peripheral neuropathy. The remaining 14 participants did not have diabetes or any type of neuropathy.
What researchers found was that, first of all, the majority of the diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients had higher BMIs and were older than those who did not have severe peripheral neuropathy pain or peripheral neuropathy at all. They also discovered that patients with higher pain levels were deficient in something called 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Researchers then factored in the patients' sunlight exposure, age, BMI, activity level, the amount of time they've had diabetes and their blood pressure with their vitamin D levels and came to a startling conclusion: The lower the vitamin D level, the greater the diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain.
So, what does this mean exactly? Does increasing your vitamin D intake mean you will experience a reduction in peripheral neuropathy symptoms? Well, it's possible - but don't take matters into your own hands.
The first step is speaking to Dr. Weller or your endocrinologist. Have your vitamin D levels tested safely. If there is a deficiency, allow your physician to prescribe an appropriate dosage of vitamin D, and monitor your progress on it. Do not take matters into your own hands, as it is possible to overdose on vitamin D. This can cause everything from elevated blood calcium levels to kidney stones and even cardiac arrythmia!
If you would like to learn more about treating your peripheral neuropathy with vitamin D or with any natural wellness plans offered by Dr. Weller, please give us a call at 480-751-1629.