Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
Sep 15, 2020
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA
Author: Brianna Belton, PharmD. Candidate, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
As patients’ vitamin D levels rose, the pain and other symptoms of painful diabetic neuropathy decreased.
Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a common complication associated with diabetes. Symptoms range from numbness and pain in extremities to decreased functioning of internal organs. Painful diabetic neuropathy is associated with sleep disturbances and reduced quality of life. Currently, it is unknown how exactly diabetes causes damage to the nerves, but there are a few contributing factors that are known. One includes vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with diabetes. Patients with diabetes and low vitamin D levels are also at higher risk of experiencing diabetic neuropathy with pain....
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