Diabetes doesn’t hurt. That’s one of the biggest problems we have in taking this insidious disease seriously.
But when we don’t manage our diabetes, some of its complications can be painful. And about 40 percent of us have acute or chronic pain. That’s the bad news.
This bad news comes to us in a new study of more than 13,000 adults with type 2 diabetes in the Kaiser Permanente, Northern California system. About 42 percent of them reported that they had acute pain and about 40 percent said their pain was chronic. The most common complication they mentioned was fatigue, about 25 percent, followed by neuropathy, about 24 percent.
The findings, “Symptom Burden of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Across the Disease Course: Diabetes & Aging Study,” will appear in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and is now available online. The lead author is Rebecca L. Sudore, M.D., and her assistant sent me a copy of the full-text.