What Nitric Oxide Can Do For You (or Say Yes to NO)

Further to my query on natural substances that help diabetes, have you heard of Nitric Oxide (NO)? Sounds toxic, ay? It is in fact a “free radical gas that is a powerful regulator of circulation (it is an endogenous vasodilator) and a neurotransmitter (it helps in the processing of nerve signalNitric_oxide_structure_1s as they cross synapses).” Read all about it at DiabetesInControl.

Apparently NO is impaired in people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and this deficiency may play an important role in the poor circulation in diabetic patients that leads to high incidence of ulcers. Some researchers also believe the NO shortage is one cause of peripheral neuropathy (diabetic nerve damage).

In short, impaired circulation is indeed the root of most diabetic complicaitons, and NO seems to have a powerful effect in improving this problem. So where can I get me some NO?!

The January issue of the medical journal Diabetes features a paper by several doctors proposing NO as a potential new diabetes treatment. The authors experimented with adding “physiologic concentrations” of NO to the CD34+cells, which repair blood vessels throughout the body — working with cells taken from diabetic patients in a lab setting.

According to the experts, this work takes “groundbreaking” strides towards halting diabetic complications. We’re talking fully regenerated cell repair.

Too late for my father, but here’s an advancement that Our D-Generation might actually benefit from.


5 Responses

  1. Kirk
    Kirk March 5, 2006 at 9:41 pm | | Reply


    I take L-Arginine it is a precurser fot NO. The body can make more NO via the L-Arginine metabolic pathway. More NO better circulation since NO is a Vasodialator (i.e. viagra). Been ingesting arginine 2 years now.


  2. Jim
    Jim March 6, 2006 at 9:28 am | | Reply

    Can you get this from sniffing “poppers” (amyl nitrate)?

  3. Mr. Dawn Phenomenon
    Mr. Dawn Phenomenon March 6, 2006 at 7:02 pm | | Reply

    Sounds like this might benefit more than just diabetics.

  4. RG
    RG July 28, 2006 at 3:49 pm | | Reply

    However, if you type in “nitric oxide” and “dementia” you will also find that it is at least implicated as a cause of oxidative damage to the nervous system. NO seems to be a free radical, and those have been viewed as bad things for the last 30 years or so. It’s confusing. Is it worth the risk of dementia (and how high is the risk?) for the benefits in diabetes? Does anyone know more about this?

    1. tom
      tom March 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm | | Reply

      Nitro oxide is very good and is very helpful. Stop using L-Arginine, that can may be one of your problems. If you want more info let me know. tom

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