Q Dear Dr. V,
I have read that Lipoic Acid lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics and wonder if it would do so in normal people as well.


A Dear GF,
Diabetes is epidemic in the Western world, particularly in the United States, since so many Americans are afflicted with unhealthy diets, little or no exercise, and being overweight. Diabetes is an oxidative stress disease, and its complications are related to accelerated cellular destruction caused by free radicals. People with diabetes have lower levels of antioxidants than normal, and this contributes to various disease processes, such as poor circulation, peripheral nerve disorders, eye disorders, and more. Lipoic acid is one of the most powerful and versatile antioxidants available (it is called "the antioxidant's antioxidant"). It does not cure diabetes, but it has been used for over two decades to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. There is no evidence that lipoic acid lowers blood sugar levels in nondiabetics, but it is likely that it helps prevent type 2 diabetes, also called age-related diabetes or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. I believe it is best to add lipoic acid to your antiaging program even if you don't have diabetes.

Dr. V

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