It is estimated that over 50% of the 30 million diabetics in the US suffer from numbness, tingling, burning, and/or pain in their feet and legs. In addition to being annoying, these symptoms can also be dangerous. Numbness can cause you to fall because you are unstable when you walk; it is also the leading cause of wounds of the feet. Because your feet are numb you can’t tell if there is a problem and because you don’t know there is a problem you don’t do what is necessary to protect your feet. Doctors call this LOPS–loss of protective sensation. For example, you may not realize that your shoe doesn’t fit properly and is rubbing your skin, causing a wound, or you may not be able to tell that you stepped on something sharp and have punctured the skin on the bottom of your foot. Many times, people with numbness in their feet realize that there is a problem only when they notice blood or pus on their socks, and that can turn into a big problem—especially in diabetics with poor circulation. Impaired sensation to the feet is the leading cause of amputations of the feet and legs.
If you are a diabetic with numbness in your feet, there are precautions you should take to avoid these problems.
- Never walk barefoot. This will help you avoid stepping on a tack, pin, a piece of glass, or anything else that might break the skin and cause a wound.
- Inspect your feet for wounds every day. Look between your toes. If you can’t see your feet, use a mirror or have someone else inspect them for you.
- Have a podiatrist cut your toenails, corns, and calluses—this will help you avoid cutting yourself.
- Avoid putting your feet in water that may be very hot, like a hot tub or a Jacuzzi.
- Shake out your shoes and inspect them before you put them on. This will eliminate the possibility that a pebble or some other foreign object found its way into your shoe and may cause a wound.
- Make certain that you do not have a vitamin B1 deficiency–also known as LowB1–as LowB1 may be the cause of the numbness in your feet.
In diabetics, LowB1 is often the cause of these annoying and dangerous sensations. Restoring vitamin B1 levels very often improves these symptoms rapidly and safely.
A groundbreaking scientific paper found that LowB1 is very common in diabetics. In fact, diabetics were found to have 75% less vitamin B1 circulating in their blood than people without diabetes. Diabetics, it seems, urinate out their vitamin B1 and eventually become deficient. LowB1 in diabetics is likely made worse by the fact that metformin, the most commonly prescribed drug for the treatment of diabetes, is thought to block vitamin B1 absorption from the intestines.
LowB1 can also cause problems with your brain’s ability to function normally. The brain requires large amounts of energy in order to work properly, and adequate amounts of vitamin B1 are essential for that energy. LowB1 can cause problems with your ability to think and reason. It may make you have difficulty focusing your thoughts or making decisions.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, it’s important to take the right kind of vitamin B1 in order to get your levels back into the healthy range—and there is no time to waste. The longer your vitamin B1 levels are too low, the greater the chances of a problem.
That’s why we developed Zobria®. Zobria® is specially formulated with a powerful form of vitamin B1. Zobria® restores vitamin B1 levels fast to help your nerves work properly. People often feel the difference in 30 days.