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When There’s Water, Check the Shoes

People who have diabetes are usually taught to purchase protective soft leather shoes with a wide toe box. That doesn’t mean everybody who has diabetes follows those recommendations. A woman, type 2 diabetes, who is knowledgeable about diabetes and foot complications was wearing cloth shoes with a “corded” bottom and manmade rubber sole. She was caught in the rain. Her shoes were soaked.

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Inhaled Cannabis Reduces Diabetic Neuropathic Pain

Recent study has shown that inhaled cannabis has a dose-dependent reduction in pain intensity… Almost half of diabetes patients experienced diabetic peripheral neuropathy through their lifetime. Previous animal studies suggest that cannabis may be effective in reducing neuropathic pain, but there were no studies to focus especially on patients with …

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Practical Diabetes Care, 3rd Ed., Excerpt #25: Diabetic Neuropathy Part 5 of 5

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David Levy, MD, FRCP      Erectile dysfunction This is the commonest neuropathic complication: 20% of men have erectile dysfunction (ED) at diagnosis, increasing to 34% at 12 years (UKPDS). The prevalence in a newly diagnosed Kuwaiti population was 30%, and nearly 50% in a large survey of Canadians attending their primary-care physicians …

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Practical Diabetes Care, 3rd Ed., Excerpt #24: Diabetic Neuropathy Part 4 of 5

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David Levy, MD, FRCP      Mononeuropathies and other focal syndromes Peripheral mononeuropathies Upper limb Carpal tunnel syndrome (median nerve) Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common (remember the association with primary hypothyroidism, especially in type 1 diabetes) and may present with atypical symptoms, as it is often superimposed on diabetic polyneuropathy. Consider it …

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Practical Diabetes Care, 3rd Ed., Excerpt #23: Diabetic Neuropathy Part 3 of 5

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David Levy, MD, FRCP      Charcot neuroarthropathy Charcot neuroarthropathy is a serious and poorly understood condition associated with rapid destruction of bones and joints and resulting in bone fragmentation. It occurs only in patients with advanced sensory and autonomic neuropathy, and is characteristic of long-duration type 1 diabetes with other microvascular complications, …

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