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Nearly 50% adults with diabetes experience chronic pain

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Almost half of adults with type 2 diabetes report acute and chronic pain, according to a large US study. 

In addition, close to one quarter report neuropathy, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbance and physical or emotional disability, the study of 13,171 adults by University of California researchers found.

Patients in the study reported significant pain and non-pain symptoms across the entire course of the disease, among all age groups, with prevalence increasing as people neared the end of their lives.

The study, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, is the largest observational study to assess a full range of pain and non-pain symptoms among patients with type 2 diabetes.

The authors said: “Adults living with type 2 diabetes are suffering from incredibly high rates of pain and non-pain symptoms, at levels similar to patients with living with cancer.”

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  • what kind of pain are they experiencing?

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  • would be nice to know what pain and what areas? they experiencing

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