Apr 15, 2024

New research links vitamin D deficiency and diabetic peripheral neuropathy—but questions still remain

By Lisa Marie Basile | Fact-checked by Davi Sherman -Published March 29, 2024

Key Takeaways

  • New research has drawn a link between vitamin D deficiency (VDD) and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in elderly adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • The study found that the group with VDD experienced a higher prevalence of DPN than the non-VDD group.

New research published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice explored the link between vitamin D deficiency (VDD) and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in elderly patients (60 years or older) with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The article concluded that VDD is independently associated with a higher risk of DPN. The research also found that VDD may promote the development of DPN due to its impact on large nerve fibers.[1]

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when damage has been done to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in loss of signals, inappropriate signaling, and distorted signal messaging.

The American Diabetes Association says that about 50% of patients with diabetes have some type of nerve damage; it is more common in patients who’ve had diabetes for many years. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning feet, and other problems……

Read more: https://www.mdlinx.com/article/new-research-links-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-but-questions-still/3u3hZJhyNiTwFSZ57N19Yf?show_order=2&utm_campaign=reg_evening-edition_240414_daily-nl-pm-v4_registered-users-a180&utm_source=iterable&utm_medium=email

Source: MD Linx

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