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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Might Something Be Missing Here?

One of my favorite commercials is the chimpanzee take-off on the "Can You Hear Me Now" campaign for those physiologically altering cell phones. I'm not a fan of cell phones but it's the the banana phone that makes me lighten up my day!

It's not that I think diabetes is something to laugh at. Not at all.
What I think is more tragic is the well known fact that diabetes, and carpal tunnel, or any neuropathy for that matter, is directly related to a deficiency of B vitamins.

And don't you recall that years ago when they started refining grain, all the B vitamins went the way of the waste pile. Then diabetes started to rise on the charts, just like atherosclerosis did after they homogenized milk.

If you recall this then you might remember all the scientic/medical studies done decades ago that proved B complex with some extra B6 let you recover from carpal tunnel, with a measure of magnesium thrown in for good nerve health.

Now that they push so many drugs for diabetes, might this be beating down the well trodden path used to try to convince you that you need a statin to lower your cholesterol?

Been there? Done That?

Carpal tunnel may be sign of impending diabetes
Fri Aug 18,2006

In more cases than would normally be expected, people who develop type 2 diabetes have a history of carpal tunnel syndrome. The wrist nerve problem sometimes predates the onset of diabetes by up to 10 years, according to a UK study.

Led by Dr. Martin C. Gulliford, a team at King's College in London examined medical records for 644,495 patients in England and Wales. They identified 2647 patients diagnosed with diabetes between November 2003 and October 2004, and selected a comparison group of 5,294 "control" subjects matched for age, gender, and location.

Medical records for up to 10 years before diabetes was diagnosed were reviewed for the first occurrences of carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, according to their report in the medical journal Diabetes Care, the researchers identified subjects diagnosed with Bell's facial palsy, a nerve disorder causing temporary paralysis of facial muscles.

Results showed that, after accounting for other risk factors, the pre-diabetes group was 36 percent more likely to have had carpal tunnel syndrome in the past than the control group.

Similarly, Bell's facial palsy occurred more often in the pre-diabetes group than in the control, but this turned out to be not significant from a statistical standpoint.

Gulliford and his team suggest that high blood sugar levels "and associated metabolic abnormalities may contribute to causing these important focal peripheral nerve disorders before the diagnosis of diabetes."

SOURCE: Diabetes Care, August 2006.

Can you see me now? Or is it that you haven't yet fallen for a photo phone?

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