Almost half of adults with type 2 diabetes report acute and chronic pain, and close to one quarter report neuropathy, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbance and physical or emotional disability, according to a study of more than 13,000 adults.
Patients reported significant pain and non-pain symptoms across the entire course of the disease, among all age groups, with prevalence increasing as they age. The study showed that nearly half of adults who have type 2 diabetes have to deal with acute and chronic pain.
The pain remained after the researchers adjusted for other medical conditions as well as the length of time one was living with diabetes.
"Adults living with type 2 diabetes are suffering from incredibly high rates of pain, at levels similar to patients with living with cancer," said lead author Rebecca Sudore. She noted that tens of millions of Americans have type 2 diabetes.
Diagnosis of type 2 diabetes through a blood test is an important step toward preventing and treating pain and health complications that come with the disease.
This study suggests that clinicians need to consider adding palliative care to their approach toward type 2 diabetes patients.
These observations are based on a study of more than 13,000 type 2 diabetes patients aged 30 to 75.
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Excerpts from Private MD Labs and Medical Xpress