Many diabetics get painful leg cramps that can
jerk them wide-awake in the middle of the night.
The reason diabetics may get leg cramps is possibly from potassium
deficiencies. For example, one
symptom of diabetes is frequent urination.
Potassium is lost through the urine.
Potassium can often be low in a diabetic and low potassium can result in
Dr. Bob is mentioned many times on this web site.
Dr. Bob was a MD internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD
psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer 65 years.
He was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years
before he passed away. He treated
diabetics over 50 years. Dr. Bob
said leg cramps in diabetes were often due to potassium deficiency.
Potassium can be supplemented. The
form Dr. Bob preferred was liquid potassium.
He had patients with cramps taking potassium supplements 3 times a day.
Dr. Bob also had patients with leg cramps keep Morton
Salt Substitute near their bed. He
said Morton Salt Substitute contains potassium in it and can work quickly to
alleviate the leg cramp. He advised
1/8th teaspoon with “lots of water”.
He said a lot of water is important or the Morton’s can cause a strong
reaction. It can give indigestion
and irritate stomach membranes.
Also, if you urinate frequently this can lead to loss of potassium. You can suspect potassium deficiency, in the case of frequent urination with leg cramps. Dr. Bob had a simple test for potassium deficiency. He developed this test well before modern medicine became highly technological. He recommended, for determining potassium deficiency, taking 1/8th teaspoon of Morton Salt Substitute with a lot of water. If you felt a lot better about 20 minutes later you were probably potassium deficient
Note – Potassium supplementation can be dangerous.
Do not supplement more than 100-200 mg of potassium daily without
checking with your doctor. Dr. Bob
strongly warned not to supplement more than 200 mg of potassium daily. Dr. Bob
advised leg cramps may also indicate calcium and magnesium imbalance.
Therefore, Dr. Bob recommended consulting with a doctor.
He advised you ask your doctor to check calcium, magnesium, potassium,
and sodium levels. If they are out of balance, consider supplementation to
Dr. Bob’s nutritional ideas for leg cramps:
1/8th teaspoon of Morton’s salt substitute with lots of
water. Do not exceed 1/8th
teaspoon. Use this to alleviate
100-200 total liquid potassium daily.
Dr. Bob advised using divided doses, 2 to 3 times each day. Do not exceed this dose without checking with your doctor.
3. Have a doctor measure your calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium levels. Consider appropriate supplementation.
Note – In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, "almost all supplement companies produce poor quality." You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bob’s approval. Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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