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Old 02-13-2013, 16:47   #41
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I'm a newbie and wondered what ALA is? I'm elderly and weigh about 200 so what would be my dosage? Thanks

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I'm thinking its alpha lipoic acid, I haven't started that yet so I'm sure someone else can help more.
Welcome to the forum.
Everyone's so helpful here someone should pop in soon.

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I'm a newbie and wondered what ALA is? I'm elderly and weigh about 200 so what would be my dosage? Thanks
First of all, let me welcome you to the Diabetes Forum.
ALA is Alpha LIpoic acid. It is a supplement used to treat
Neuropathy. It is both water and fat soluble and people find it helps a
great deal. They use it in Europe to treat Peripheral neuropathy pain.
and to help stop the damage for neuropathy. The standard dosage is
600 mg done in 200 mg 3 times a day. In Europe the dosage is much higher but people tend to do better on 600 mg a day.
The best way to avoid neuropathy is to keep your blood sugar numbers as close to normal as possible. Always before you try something consult your doctor before you proceed. and if you have a reaction of any kind stop the supplement and let you doctor know immediately. The same goes for all medications and/or supplements.
Wishing you the best.

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I have mild to moderate neuropathy in my feet less so in my lower legs. It is / was caused my diabetes out of control. Since working hard to keep my BS numbers low its in a tolerable state.

I do take 150mg of Benfotiamine (a super fast acting B vitamin) which helps reduce tingling and as far as I know its commonly used in Europe. Higher doses are available.

I've tried ALA and and trying R-LA which is supposed to be more effective in lower doses. But I'm not sure if I have a reaction to it - still working on that.

I'm fortunate to at least currently have some control over this terrible stuff. Another option is Cymbalta - this is primarily an anti-depressant but it has a side effect of modulating or blocking some nerve signals. And can be prescribed to patients with neuropathy and depression. And it does work ...... and this side effect is noted in many drug profiles.

However its also what helped get me into this trouble. About the same time my doc was shaking his fist at me warning about diabetes and neuropathy - my shrink put me on Cymbalta. So minimal foot pain --- and it jacked me up a bit too. Turns out it also makes me more impulsive too. Hello carbs - sugar - and late late night binges. Weeeeeeeeee. Crash. A 60mg dose daily dose make a difference --- but I'm currently toughing is out - watching BS numbers - loosing weight.

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Sounds like you are doing pretty good. I take Benfotiamine as well and get it from Swanson's I take 300 mg twice a day and it is time to order some more
I also take Metanx which has the active forms of B12, B6, and folic acid. Yes the Metanx is expensive but they do have a program to get it at a greatly reduced rate. If one is on a medication like Metformin I strongly encourage them to have their B12 levels checked since Metformin can lower the person's B12 levels leading to neuropathy. Also know that even with a good A1C a person can have wide swings in their blood sugars and that also can trigger neuropathy, so you don't want to have wide swings in your blood sugars.
Congratulations on losing weight and improving on your A1C. It sounds like you are doing a great job.

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Sounds like you are doing pretty good. I take Benfotiamine as well and get it from Swanson's I take 300 mg twice a day and it is time to order some more
I also take Metanx which has the active forms of B12, B6, and folic acid. Yes the Metanx is expensive but they do have a program to get it at a greatly reduced rate. If one is on a medication like Metformin I strongly encourage them to have their B12 levels checked since Metformin can lower the person's B12 levels leading to neuropathy. Also know that even with a good A1C a person can have wide swings in their blood sugars and that also can trigger neuropathy, so you don't want to have wide swings in your blood sugars.
Congratulations on losing weight and improving on your A1C. It sounds like you are doing a great job.

I have much more to do and improve on. I do take a B complex and a special B Methyl vitamin.

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