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Taking Vitamin E May Not Improve Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms After All

For diabetic patients with the painful nerve condition in their hands and feet known as peripheral neuropathy (PN), finding a natural, minimally invasive treatment can often seem like an exercise in futility. So when some patients are given natural, alternative treatment options, they leap at the chance to treat their symptoms without having to take strong, potentially addictive pharmaceuticals. But while many natural treatments have been proven effective at treating PN, one treatment in particular may not be all it's cracked up to be.

According to a recent study published in JAMA Neurology, using vitamin E to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy may not be as effective as once believed. According to the study, titled "Vitamin E in Neuroprotection Study (VENUS) Investigators," patients taking an oral regimen of 400 mg a day of vitamin E did not notice a significant improvement in diabetic peripheral neuropathy symptoms, a surprising change from what doctors have believed in the past.

Dr. Nathan Weller treats peripheral neuropathy patients in Scottsdale, Arizona. He says this study is both good and bad news for diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients.

"On the one hand, it's good to know what is and isn't working in terms of treating diabetic peripheral neuropathy," says Weller, "but it can be a discouraging setback for patients looking for a more natural means to treat their symptoms."

Weller's practice offers peripheral neuropathy patients unique, more holistic, less invasive treatment options than traditional Western medicine. He says patients seek him out because they're tired of the same old big-pharma options.

"My patients want more than just a pill to mask the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. They are wary of what they put into their bodies, and they are looking for a solution, not just a Band Aid," Weller says.

So, what's a diabetic peripheral neuropathy patient to do now that vitamin E appears to be off the table? According to Weller, there are still plenty of treatment options.

"In my practice we use cutting-edge therapies that also happen to be less invasive and more effective than just popping a pain pill," he says. "We use light therapy and electronic therapy to stimulate the nerves, and even mesenchymal stem cell therapy."

According to Weller, patients who are seen at his clinic have even experienced a reduction of symptoms for several months following their treatment - a far cry from needing to take another pill as soon as the last one wears off.

"Natural medicine is a proven solution to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy," says Weller. "But it's all about finding what works for each individual patient. That's the key."

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