February 2013

Medical food benefits patients with DPN

An American Journal of Medicine study published this month suggests that nutritional management of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) with L-methylfolate, methylcobalamin, and pyridoxal 5′-phosphate, a prescription medical food sold commercially as Metanx, improves total symptoms and health-related quality of life.

Investigators found significant improvement in both areas after 24 weeks.

Metanx is indicated for patients with endothelial dysfunction who present with loss of protective sensation and neuropathic pain associated with diabetic neuropathy.

Covington, LA-based Pamlab, which manufactures the product, conducted the 214-person study in collaboration with scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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