Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
In recent studies vitamin D was found to correlate directly with risk of Type 2 Diabetes and some of the complications of diabetes.  In fact, the higher the level of vitamin D in the body, the lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.   But even in diabetics, the risk of complications (primarily microvascular injury to the eyes) was reduced in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.  This suggests another correlation of nutrition on the complications of diabetes.

Through our research, we have found a similar correlation with the complication of diabetic neuropathy.  In the diabetic, similar microvascular disease is one possible cause of nerve malfunction or neuropathy.  With the protective mechanism of vitamin D, this microvascular disease can be lessened and improved.  Should you add vitamin D to your diet to reduce neuropathy symptoms (or even prevent them)?  Although the proper study has not been run yet, this may correlate directly with the improvement of symptoms.  Our recommendation would be to add this supplement.  Besides, vitamin D is valuable to many aspects of the body and can be very useful.
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