12. I Was Told I Have Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy…What Does That Mean?

If a cause of a patient’s peripheral neuropathy can not be determined the neuropathy is said to be idiopathic.  Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed in about one-third of people with neuropathy.  It usually afflicts people in their 50’s and above.  The diagnosis of idiopathic neuropathy is only appropriate after an extensive medical workup by a qualified physician.  Many people […]

11. Can Drinking Excessive Amounts of Alcohol Cause Peripheral Neuropathy?

Yes, depending on how much alcohol you have consumed over the course of your lifetime.  Peripheral neuropathy is common in people who drink alcohol excessively. Years of drinking alcohol excessively can be very damaging to your body–especially your peripheral nerves. It is well-established that peripheral neuropathy in people who drink alcohol excessively is associated with vitamin B1 […]

10. Can Prediabetes Cause Peripheral Neuropathy?

It is estimated that about one in five people with prediabetes suffers from peripheral neuropathy. In the US, that works out to about 15 million people. Unfortunately, the association between prediabetes and peripheral neuropathy is not well known to many physicians.  Many people with peripheral neuropathy are often told that they have idiopathic peripheral neuropathy (peripheral neuropathy […]

9. How Does Metformin Increase the Risk of Vitamin B1 Deficiency?

Metformin is the most commonly used drug for type 2 diabetes in the world.  Unfortunately, metformin has also been shown to inhibit the absorption of vitamin B1 from the intestines.  So, in addition to the excessive loss of vitamin B1 through urination–as is the case in diabetics– the use of metformin puts diabetics at even greater risk […]

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 […]