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Airing Pain 124: Diabetic Neuropathy

Man­ag­ing neu­ro­path­ic pain relat­ed to dia­betes, and how to adapt diet to treat the disease

This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain has been sup­port­ed by a grant from The Champ Trust and Foun­da­tion Scot­land.

Accord­ing to the most recent Scot­tish Dia­betes Sur­vey in 2018, there are an esti­mat­ed 304,000 peo­ple liv­ing with a diag­no­sis of dia­betes in Scot­land, around 5% of the pop­u­la­tion. A long-term effect of dia­betes can be the devel­op­ment of dia­bet­ic neu­ropa­thy. This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain focus­es on neu­ro­path­ic pain in peo­ple with dia­betes, and how the X‑PERT dia­betes cours­es helps peo­ple to deal with the com­pli­ca­tions that arise when liv­ing with diabetes.

First up, Paul Evans speaks to David Ben­nett, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford, who out­lines the dif­fer­ences between type 1 and type 2 dia­betes and how the ini­tial treat­ment plan dif­fers between the types. Pro­fes­sor Ben­nett then goes on to describe how neu­ropa­thy devel­ops in peo­ple liv­ing with dia­betes and how neu­ro­path­ic pain manifests.

Paul then talks with Steve Sims, who lives with dia­bet­ic neu­ropa­thy as a result of type 2 dia­betes. Paul and Steve dis­cuss how they have adjust­ed their diets to deal with type 2 dia­betes and how the X‑PERT dia­betes course has helped them to adjust to liv­ing with diabetes.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Dia­betes, the dif­fer­ences between type one and type two dia­betes, dia­bet­ic neu­ropa­thy, dia­bet­ic retinopa­thy, nutri­tion, diet, insulin lev­els, glycemic con­trol, risk fac­tors of dia­betes, periph­er­al vas­cu­lar dis­ease, foot pain, burn­ing pain, gabapenti­noids, and sup­port groups.


Con­trib­u­tors:

  • Pro­fes­sor Dave Ben­nett, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy, Nuffield Depart­ment of Clin­i­cal Neu­ro­sciences, Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford
  • Steve Sims, Sec­re­tary, Cardiff Dia­betes Group.

More infor­ma­tion:


With thanks to:

  • The British Pain Soci­ety (BPS), who facil­i­tat­ed the inter­views at their Annu­al Sci­en­tif­ic Meet­ing in 2019 – britishpainsociety.org
  • The Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Pain (IASP) – iasp-pain.org
  • Dia­betes UK, a lead­ing UK char­i­ty that involves shar­ing knowl­edge on dia­betes – diabetes.org.uk/.
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