Exercise Decreases Diabetic Neuropathic Pain

ExerciseRegular exercise reduces the development of painful diabetic neuropathy in animals—apparently related to increased expression of a protective substance called “heat shock protein” 72 (Hsp72), reports an experimental study in the February issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

The observations add to previous studies suggesting that “progressive exercise training markedly decreased diabetes associated neuropathic pain,” write Yu-Wen Chen, PhD, of China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, and colleagues. The link to Hsp72 offers a clue as to how exercise can prevent or slow the development of neuropathy—a major complication of diabetes.

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