Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN): AIIMS doctors successf
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There may be some good news for elderly people suffering from nerve damage due to diabetes. High blood sugar causes injury to nerves, particularly those in legs and feet. The current treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) mostly involves blood sugar control, medications and physical activity. However, the doctors at AIIMS have now successfully tried a deep-tissue laser therapy to reduce pain and improve the quality of life of such patients.

“We found that the deep-tissue laser therapy was effective in managing pain in older adults with DPN. Although pain reduction was observed even in those patients who received the sham laser therapy, the reduction in pain was significantly more in those who received the laser therapy in addition to the standard treatment,” Dr Chatterjee said.

No adverse event was reported during the study period, he added. In a research paper on the trial, published in international medical journal BMC Geriatrics, the AIIMS doctors have concluded that the deep tissue therapy should be considered a safe, non-pharmacological addition to the standard of care for the management of pain in older adults with DPN because of its non-invasive nature, high compliance rate and safety profile.

India is considered the world’s capital of diabetes, and according to the AIIMS study, the diabetic population in the country is projected to touch 70 million. Dr Chatterjee said DPN, one of the most common complications of uncontrolled or poorly treated diabetes, poses major treatment challenges due to inadequate symptom management and age-related changes in drug metabolism, among others. “Medicines are available to treat DPN.

However, its effect is not optimum and they have a lot of side effects like dizziness, excessive sleepiness and fall. Therefore, we suggest the laser therapy as a complimentary treatment to improve the overall course of management of DPN,” he said.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/hold-your-nerve-relief-from-pain-for-diabetics/articleshow/70811595.cms
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