Jacob Teitelbaum, MD reviews a study of 51 people with Diabetic Neuropathy (nerve pain), all found to have suboptimal Vitamin D levels.

by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

In this study of 51 people with Diabetic Neuropathy (nerve pain), all of them were found to have suboptimal Vitamin D levels. Treating with Vitamin D at ~ 2,000 units a day decreased pain by 47% after 3 months. The average 25 Vitamin D level was only 18 ng/ml at the start (want it to be over 30) and just got to 30 at 3 months. I suspect pain relief will continue to improve as it goes higher.

As nerve pain is also a key part of Fibromyalgia pain, and Vitamin D is often low in CFS/Fibromyalgia, this suggests that optimizing Vitamin D intake may also help pain in this condition as well. To balance the Vitamin D, I recommend the other nutrients found in Bone Health (strontium, magnesium, calcium, etc). To get 2,000 units a day, take 3 capsules of Bone Health (vs. the 3 twice a day recommended for osteoporosis).

Inositol, Vitamin B6 and B12 (all found in the Energy Revitalization System) as well as Lipoic Acid (300 mg 2x day) and Acetyl L-Carnitine (use 500 mg 3x day) have also been shown to be helpful for nerve pain. It takes months to heal nerves though, so give these 3-12 months to see the effects.


Vitamin D as an Analgesic for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathic Pain. Arch Intern Med/Vol 168 (No. 7), Apr 14, 2008 P. 772

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Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, board certified internist and best-selling author of From Fatigued to Fantastic!, is also the author of landmark published research on effective treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia. For more information on CFS, FM and other health topics, please visit his website at www.endfatigue.com.

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