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Above Normal Blood Sugar Levels, Foot Problems and Vitamin B-12

The condition of having higher than normal blood sugar levels is called Diabetes, a disease that also affects, among other things, the vascular system (blood vessels and such) and is a cause of the nerve disorders called diabetic neuropathies.A personal experienceThere are many diabetics like me who suffer some numbness or unusual sensations in the feet, especially the soles of the feet and for me, when laying down in bed I so often experience a feeling that my feet are very cold – even though they are not actually cold.I would like to pass the following information on to my fellow diabetics, in case they are unaware, as I was, of what to do about such foot numbness and lack of sensation, advice to me from the medical point of view.At the first visit to my new doctor, an endocrinologist, who is treating me for my diabetes, a condition I have had for more than 20 years, I mentioned the above, numbness in my feet etcetera.Her response was to tell me to purchase a well-known over-the-counter supplement called B-12, also known as cobalamin, one of the family of B vitamins, and that I should take 1000 mcg of B-12 per day.In a subsequent visit to the local health food store, I discovered on the shelf there, two forms of B-12, cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin, and without a convincing explanation from the proprietor about which to use, I then checked the library and elsewhere for information about which form would be the best for me.Here is what I found out:From available credible literature, I learned that there are several forms of B-12 in addition to the two most readily available mentioned above. My conclusion is that methycobalamin is the form for me, it seems that it is better absorbed by the body’s nerve tissues and is also retained there in greater amounts, making it more effective in treating a variety of nervous system problems such as numbness and loss of feeling, tingling, burning sensations, muscle cramps and othersAs a diabetic I have often been told to be aware of any such sensations or lack of sensations, especially in the lower extremeties, the feet in other words. Most of us have heard of or have read about amputations in diabetes patients and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that for some prior years there had been more than 70,000 lower limb amputations related to diabetes, more than 60% of all such amputations in the United States. Diabetes UK states that diabetes is a major cause of lower-limb amputations throughout the world and that foot problems are most often the reason for hospitalization of patients who have diabetes.If we are not already aware of those statistics, we should now take them into consideration as we try to control our blood sugar levels and manage our diabetic condition.There are many other health conditions that apparently react favorably to the administration of methylcobalamin, said to be the specific B-12 form required to support the health of the nervous system. Included in the conditions mentioned as benefiting from methylcobalamin are Bell’s Palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Impotence, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease, and others, that’s quite a list.If you too have foot problemsIf you are experiencing the same foot problems that I have, as mentioned above, and which I assume are due to my current inability to achieve normal blood sugar levels (although I’m trying to get them back under control), perhaps it is worthwhile for the sake of your diabetic health to check with your own physician on the merits of B-12.