November 10, 2011

Medical Food for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy


In a world of diabetic peripheral neuropathy where drugs might be overkill and a supplement might be useless – what is an effective solution when neither a drug nor a supplement can make a difference?

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a complication of diabetes resulting in numbing, tingling, and sometimes painful sensations in the feet and hands. Currently a few treatment options to address the symptoms of the condition are available but wouldn’t  it be prudent to take the bull by the horns and slay the dragon where it lives? Enter the medical food revolution Metanx.

A medical food is a practical solution between a drug and a supplement. A drug is prescribed by a doctor to mitigate the symptoms of a condition. A supplement is designed to be used by otherwise healthy individuals and it is not necessary to be under the guidance of a doctor.

A medical food is specifically formulated for the management of a specific condition and prescribed by a doctor. In the case of Metanx, it was developed to address the distinct nutritional requirements of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It is available by prescription from your doctor. For a short video (1:08) click here to see how Metanx works.

Metanx is currently available by prescription from your doctor. As you would with any other prescription – your local pharmacy should carry it.

It’s not a snake oil product, either. It’s totally legit! I even went so far as to call my local pharmacy to see if they have it. Yes sir, they do! Next step? Who to ask for the prescription: my endocrinologist, my neurologis, or my transplant doctort? They all  have prescription pads. A few years back my neurologist suggested I take Foltx: a B6, B12, and folic acid combo pill.. I didn’t notice a difference after taking the pill for a few months so I stopped taking it.

Metanx is specifically designed to assist in enhancing blood flow and encouraging nerve regrowth and repair. The components of Metanx include an easier-to-assimilate version of the vitamins. Results have been reported by some people within a week. Others report it takes up to 4 months to feel restored sensation, easing of pain and better sleep.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is not pretty. It affects your ability to heal, your balance, and your sensitivity to touch . There’s no elegant way to put it – peripheral neuropathy challenges you in ways that you don’t need in your life.

A human tale of diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a few years ago I was getting ready to go out with friends. In the frenzy of the hubbub I didn’t notice kicking my coffee table. The next morning I woke up with a Vienna sausage for a toe. Apparently I broke my toe. At the time, I was a card-carrying member of  diabetes for 24+ years. I spent 3 days in the hospital getting IV-antibiotics to ensure I didn’t get a bone infection. Yay! I still have 10 toes but the coordination of a toddler.

The moral of this story? Nothing good comes from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. If something can be done to avoid a manifestation of irreparable harm – why not do something about it now? Joni Mitchell never lies: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Pave paradise with Metanx.