GLA and High Blood Sugar-derived Complications

Complications of High Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetic Neuropathy, a serious complication of diabetes, occurs when high blood sugar levels cause damage to nerves. Nerves throughout the body can be damaged but most commonly it affects the nerves in the legs and feet. Diabetic Neuropathy causes numbness and pain in the extremities, which for some may be mild but for other sufferers can be extremely painful and disabling.

diabetic foot

GLA improves complications caused by High blood sugar levels

GLA-treated patients showed favorable improvement in:1,2

  • hot and cold threshold
  • sensation
  • tendon reflexes
  • muscle strength
GLA improves:
  • The fluidity of red blood cell membranes that has decreased in diabetes patients3
  • Blood flow (circulation) by inhibiting white blood cell adhesion and platelet aggregation3
thermography of diabetic foot

Thermography findings of lower legs of a patient suffering from diabetic gangrene on left foot2

LEFT (before taking high concentration of GLA):

Low skin temperature on both feet and toes due to poor blood circulation.

RIGHT (after taking high concentration of GLA for a year):

Remarkable improvement in skin temperature, which means better blood circulation.

diabetic foot wound healing

LEFT: Ulcer on the sole of the left foot of a diabetic patient

Picture A-C: Taking high concentration GLA for 5, 8 and 12 weeks respectively.

Gradual improvement of the ulcer has been seen.

  1. H. Keen et al. The gamma-linolenic acid multicenter trial group. Diabetes Care 1993; 16: 6-15.
  2. GA. Jamal et al.The effect of gamma-linolenic acid on human diabetic peripheral neuropathy : a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Diabet Med 1990; 7: 319-323.
  3. S. Iljima et al. A case of diabetic gangrene in a haemodialysis patient successfully treated with the oral administration. West J Derm 2002 (64); 6.