I have used it to help reverse neuropathy. I know some folks take it for other reasons, but I haven't seen any good evidence (please provide some for me folks if you have some references) that suggests it helps with control or other prevention.
That said, I'm not a big believer in taking a lot of stuff. I think we get what we need from natural sources in our food.
This LEF article covers a lot of bases regarding the functions of alpha lipoic acid in the body and includes 103 references to satisfy any skeptic. If you would like additional research abstracts, this page provides seventy of them; I didn't bother checking for duplication but it gets the point across that alpha lipoic acid is an essential antioxidant in the body. Alpha lipoic acid also "recycles" or "regenerates" other antioxidants in the body (e.g., vitamins E and C, CoQ10, etc.) to extract extended use/action from them.
Thanks for this info and your recent post on diabetes and Alzheimer's. I also read Life Extension information regularly. I also just called my doctor to reinstate my low dose metformin prescription for starters to see if it will help regulate my extreme glucose "awareness". Even with a low carb diet (no more than 15-20 grams of carbs at any meal, and 10 at snacks) and regular exercise and weighing 135 at 5'5", my A1c is still about 6.2. I had chosen earlier not to start metformin because of a lot of traveling and I have several months now to deal with any stomach problems if they happen.
Been out of town visiting my sisters in SoCal. I appreciate your comments and am heartened to know that someone else reads Life Extension information (I thought I was a lone wolf in these forums). Life Extension does offer very good information on diabetes but newbies often misinterpret the info as a prelude to marketing their supplements. However, the info that LE provides is an end point in and of themselves. There is no need to purchase anything.
LE recently completed extensive work on the 5th edition of their reference work, Disease Prevention & Treatment. It won't be available until next year in book stores but is available to members now at a reduced price. Non-members can access the material in the 4th edition of the book online and for free at the Health Concerns section of their website. The diabetes portions can be found here .
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