Women Twice As Likely to Report Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

Women with type 2 diabetes[1] are 2.4 times more likely to report neuropathy pain than men regardless of their vitamin D levels, according to new research published in the journal [2]BMJ Open Care.

Previous studies had suggested that vitamin D deficiency might be linked to the development of neuropathy pain[3] in those with type 2 diabetes. However, this study “found no significant association between serum vitamin D levels and neuropathic pain in patients with type 2 diabetes. Instead, neuropathic pain was significantly associated with female sex, suggesting that women with type 2 diabetes could be more susceptible to neuropathic pain compared with men,” said study author[4] Mohammad Alkhatatbeh, PhD.


To get cutting-edge diabetes news, strategies for blood glucose management, nutrition tips, healthy recipes, and more delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our free newsletter[5]!

The researchers looked at data from 239 adults with type 2 diabetes, evaluating information such as neuropathy pain levels (via questionnaire), fasting blood glucose, vitamin D levels and HbA1c[6] (a measure of glucose levels over the previous 2–3 months). Roughly 27% of the participants reported neuropathy pain and about 68% were found to be deficient in vitamin D. Based on their analysis of various factors, the researchers found that being female was the only one that was significantly linked with neuropathy pain.

“Although there is a similarity between some symptoms of peripheral diabetic neuropathy and vitamin D deficiency, it seems that vitamin D deficiency could not be implicated in the development of peripheral diabetic neuropathy,” noted Alkhatatbeh. “Our findings also suggest that women with type 2 diabetes should receive more attention regarding peripheral diabetic neuropathy.”

Want to learn more about diabetic neuropathy? Read “Diabetic Neruopathy,[7]” “Coping With Painful Neuropathy,”[8] “Controlling Neuropathic Pain,”[9] and “Nutrition for Neuropathy.”[10]

  1. type 2 diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/definitions/type-2-diabetes/
  2. new research published in the journal : https://drc.bmj.com/content/7/1/e000690
  3. neuropathy pain: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/coping-with-painful-neuropathy/
  4. said study author: https://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/online/%7B49ab5561-c765-4b06-84ce-fa49f8152a97%7D/women-twice-as-likely-to-report-neuropathic-pain-in-type-2-diabetes
  5. sign up for our free newsletter: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/newsletter/
  6. HbA1c: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/h-b-a-1-c/
  7. Diabetic Neruopathy,: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/diabetic-neuropathy/
  8. “Coping With Painful Neuropathy,”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/coping-with-painful-neuropathy/
  9. “Controlling Neuropathic Pain,”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/controlling-neuropathic-pain/
  10. “Nutrition for Neuropathy.”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/nutrition-for-neuropathy/

Source URL: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/women-twice-as-likely-to-report-diabetic-neuropathy-pain/

Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

Disclaimer of Medical Advice: You understand that the blog posts and comments to such blog posts (whether posted by us, our agents or bloggers, or by users) do not constitute medical advice or recommendation of any kind, and you should not rely on any information contained in such posts or comments to replace consultations with your qualified health care professionals to meet your individual needs. The opinions and other information contained in the blog posts and comments do not reflect the opinions or positions of the Site Proprietor.