Proteinuria is a common problem that affects people who have type 2 diabetic nephropathy (DN).
In order to help these patients, doctors have been looking for ways to reduce the amount of protein in their urine. One potential solution is to give patients active vitamin D.
To test this theory, a study was conducted with 42 DN patients who were selected by a process called “convenience sampling.”
These patients were randomly divided into two groups: a control group and an intervention group. The intervention group was given 0.25 mg of active vitamin D every day for 12 weeks.
The doctors measured several things about the patients, including their blood sugar, calcium levels, and blood pressure. They also measured the amount of protein in their urine.
The results of the study showed that the patients who received active vitamin D had significantly less protein in their urine.
However, the other things that the doctors measured, like blood sugar and blood pressure, did not change significantly.
This means that active vitamin D might be a good way to help people with diabetic nephropathy (DN) reduce the amount of protein in their urine.
Overall, this study suggests that active vitamin D can be a useful treatment for patients with DN who are struggling with proteinuria.
By reducing the amount of protein in their urine, doctors may be able to help these patients feel better and live longer healthier lives.
How to prevent diabetic neuropathic pain
Diabetic neuropathic pain is a common complication of diabetes that affects many people. This type of pain can be difficult to manage and can significantly decrease a person’s quality of life.
Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent diabetic neuropathic pain. Here are some strategies that may be helpful:
Control blood sugar levels: One of the most important things you can do to prevent diabetic neuropathic pain is to keep your blood sugar levels under control.
This means following your doctor’s advice for managing your diabetes, including taking any prescribed medications, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle: In addition to managing your blood sugar, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle overall.
This includes eating a healthy diet that is low in processed foods and high in nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You should also avoid smoking and limit your alcohol consumption.
Monitor your feet: Diabetic neuropathy can cause numbness or tingling in the feet, which can make it difficult to feel injuries or infections.
To prevent these complications, it’s important to check your feet regularly for any signs of cuts, blisters, or sores. You should also wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes and avoid going barefoot.
Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help improve circulation and reduce the risk of nerve damage. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises, such as brisk walking, most days of the week.
Consider medication: There are several medications that may be helpful in preventing diabetic neuropathic pain, such as certain antidepressants and anticonvulsants.
Talk to your doctor about whether these medications may be appropriate for you.
By following these strategies, you can help reduce your risk of developing diabetic neuropathic pain and improve your overall health and well-being.
If you’re already experiencing symptoms of neuropathic pain, be sure to talk to your doctor about the best course of treatment for your specific needs.
The research is published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care and was conducted by Asieh Aref et al.
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