8. What is the Connection Between Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Vitamin B1 Deficiency?

The cause of peripheral neuropathy in diabetics is very complex and far from completely understood.  But there is a well-established connection between diabetes, vitamin B1 deficiency and peripheral neuropathy.  Adequate amounts of vitamin B1 are essential for nerves to function properly.  So, it is not surprising that vitamin B1 deficiency, also known as LowB1, is a well-known […]

7. I Have Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy…What Does That Mean?

Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in the US. Research has shown that 50% of diabetics will develop peripheral neuropathy over the course of their disease. Peripheral neuropathy is the most frequent and generally the first complication associated with diabetes. Generally, the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy are numbness, burning, tingling and/or […]

6. Does Vitamin B1 Deficiency Cause Peripheral Neuropathy?

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is essential for the proper functioning of the nerves in the body.  Vitamin B1 deficiency, also known as LowB1, causes peripheral neuropathy. If you have numbness, tingling, burning or shooting pains in your feet and legs you may have a deficiency in vitamin B1.  Vitamin B1 deficiency often goes unrecognized […]

5. Are There any Successful Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy?

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Although there are no guarantees of success, there are many treatments available for people suffering from peripheral neuropathy.  All too often, I have had patients tell me that a physician told them that there are no successful treatments for peripheral neuropathy–they will just have to live with it. This is absolutely not true…many times patients suffering from […]

4. How Common is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a modern-day epidemic.  It is estimated that over 30 million Americans currently suffer from it. Three million new cases of peripheral neuropathy are diagnosed each year.

3. What Problems are Associated with Peripheral Neuropathy?

Most people with peripheral neuropathy complain about the unrelenting sensations of numbness, pain, and burning that they feel.  The intensity of these feelings can vary greatly–from mildly annoying to agonizing and disabling.    Peripheral neuropathy decreases the ability of the feet and legs to be protected from injury.  People with peripheral neuropathy are less able to react […]

2. What are the Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy?

There are over 150 causes of peripheral neuropathy. Some causes are exceedingly rare while other causes are very common. The majority of cases of peripheral neuropathy in the US and Canada are caused by diabetes, prediabetes, excessive alcohol consumption, and advanced age. It is estimated that these conditions account for well over 80% of the cases of […]

1. What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy, or more commonly neuropathy (the terms are generally used interchangeably), is a condition in which the nerves of the body are not functioning properly.  It usually affects the feet and legs. The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can range from mildly annoying to agonizingly painful.  Symptoms tend to follow the same general pattern: Initially, feelings of […]