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Opioids, Type 2 diabetes and Pain Opioids, type 2 diabetes and pain are linked. A new study recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that nearly half of type 2 diabetes patients who participated in the trial suffered from several pain symptoms. The data collected showed 47-percent of patients reported three or more symptoms. Lead author Rebecca Sudore, the associate professor of medicine in Geriatrics, at the University of California, San Francisco says: “When you think about comorbidities associated with diabetes, such as peripheral neuropathy, this really isn’t so surprising. If you also think about the obesity epidemic, many obese patients not only have diabetes but osteoarthritis and these may go hand in hand.” One of the most prescribed medicines used to treat chronic pain is Opiods, but Doctor Mel Pohl, Medical Director at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, says Opioids can be risky when dealing with lifelong chronic pain. Doctor Sudore agrees with Doctor Pohl saying: “Our results show that we really should not be waiting until the latest stages of diabetes to focus on patients’ symptoms, and we should consider early palliative care as part of usual chronic disease management.” Now it’s your turn. We want to know your thoughts. Please comment and join in the discussion.+ More details
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