B vitamins should be considered a plausible therapy for diabetic neuropathy. - GreenMedInfo Summary
B vitamins as a treatment for diabetic pain and neuropathy.
J Clin Pharm Ther. 2021 Feb 9. Epub 2021 Feb 9. PMID: 33565138
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: B vitamin therapy is a common treatment for diabetic pain and neuropathy, yet its use remains controversial in patients lacking B vitamin deficiencies. The aim of this review was to summarize the current evidence for the efficacy of B vitamin therapy in diabetic patients with neuropathy.
COMMENT: We screened the English literature for clinical studies evaluating B vitamins as a therapy for pain and neuropathy in diabetic patients. We selected 43 relevant studies for qualitative analysis based on our selection criteria. Our survey of the literature revealed substantive heterogeneity with respect to efficacies of reported outcomes, as well as study design. Most beneficial outcomes were reported against baseline measures, with few positive comparisons against placebo. This highlights the need for larger, placebo-controlled studies.
WHAT IS NEW AND CONCLUSION: B vitamins should be considered a plausible therapy for diabetic neuropathy, but its overall efficacy remains uncertain and requires further study.