Navigation Links
BUSM researchers use goal-oriented therapy to treat diabetic neuropathies

(Boston) Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and VA Boston Healthcare System (VA BHS) have found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help relieve pain for people with painful diabetic neuropathies. The study, which is the first of its kind to examine this treatment for people with type II diabetes mellitus, is published in the March issue of the Journal of Pain.

Type II diabetes mellitus is the most common form of the disease and affects more than 20 million Americans. The onset of type II diabetes mellitus is often gradual, occurring when a person is unable to make or use insulin efficiently. As a result, abnormally high levels of sugar accumulate in the blood, resulting in a condition called hyperglycemia.

Untreated hyperglycemia can develop into diabetic neuropathies, or nerve damage, which causes painful burning and stinging sensations in the hands and feet and permanent nerve damage. Although pain medications for this condition exist, they often have negative side effects such as headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Researchers led by John D. Otis, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry at BUSM and clinical psychologist at the VA BHS, assessed whether CBT, a psychological, goal-oriented treatment approach aimed at changing maladaptive thoughts and illness supporting behaviors, could be of benefit to veterans with painful diabetic neuropathies.

The study, which was conducted at the VA BHS, compared participants receiving CBT to those receiving treatment as usual. The participants were U.S. veterans age 18 and older who had been diagnosed with type II diabetes and experienced neuropathic pain for more than three months.

Participants attended 11, hour-long CBT sessions, which focused on teaching participants relaxation techniques and how to identify and challenge thoughts that contribute to pain. In addition, participants were taught how to keep active and plan enjoyable activities such as exercise, going for walks or having dinner with friends.

At a four-month follow-up, participants who received CBT reported feeling less pain and reported that pain was less interfering in their daily lives when compared to participants who received treatment as usual.

"This study demonstrates that the millions of people who are experiencing pain and discomfort from type II diabetes mellitus do not need to rely solely on medication for relief," said Otis. "More broadly, the results of this study add to a growing body of literature demonstrating that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective psychological treatment approach for chronic pain management," he added.


Contact: Gina Orlando
Boston University Medical Center

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers Describe 1st Functional Cure of HIV in Baby
2. Industry and academic researchers gather for innovative accelerating cancer cures research symposium
3. Researchers describe first functional HIV cure in an infant
4. Researchers discover how to shutdown cancers powerful master protein
5. UGA researchers identify brain pathway triggering impulsive eating
6. Researchers show that lipid nanoparticles are ideal for delivering genes and drugs
7. Researchers at the UH Cancer Center discover protein that may control the spread of cancer
8. Now hear this: Stanford researchers identify forerunners of inner-ear cells that enable hearing
9. Researchers explore PKC role in lung disease
10. Baylor University researchers study barriers, resources to physical activity in Texas towns
11. Researchers identify variations in 4 genes associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The Turks & Caicos Islands ... the leading digital news sites highlighting Caribbean destinations, has published five reasons to visit ... of North America shivers under chilly grey skies or worse, it's typically a balmy ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The National Association of Professional Women ... Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership ... professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. , ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... 1Heart Caregiver Services’ ... the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce held from November 6-8, 2015 ... 1Heart Caregiver Services, as an active delegate from the Philippine American Chamber of ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Being ... At the VA Maryland Health Care System, the Caregiver Support Program promotes ... “Caregivers have a difficult job. Seventy-four percent report that their role as a ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) released information for caregivers and held two webinars ... webinars are available on demand free of charge at . , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... TELTOW, Germany , December 1, 2015 ... a leading global manufacturer of eye and gaze tracking ... included SMI remote eye trackers as a component of ... assess concussions, eye sight, and medical and performance issues ... is part of SMI,s mass-market-ready eye tracking platform, which ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ENGLEWOOD, Colo. , Dec. 1, 2015 ... the New York Stock Exchange has established January 5, 2016 ... to its stockholders of the shares of Common Stock ... one (1) share of Aytu common stock for every ... of the record date, December 1, 2015. The distribution date ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) ... Global Enteric Disease Testing Market: Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. ... Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, US" report ... . --> Japan ... based on a combination of primary and secondary ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: