Does Vitamin D deficiency play a role in peripheral neuropathy in Type 2 diabetes?
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2011 Diabetes UK
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 43–49, January 2012
How to Cite
Shehab, D., Al-Jarallah, K., Mojiminiyi, O. A., Al Mohamedy, H. and Abdella, N. A. (2012), Does Vitamin D deficiency play a role in peripheral neuropathy in Type 2 diabetes?. Diabetic Medicine, 29: 43–49. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2011.03510.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 2 NOV 2011 11:06AM EST
- Accepted 28 October 2011
- peripheral neuropathy;
- Type 2 diabetes;
- vitamin D
Diabet. Med. 29, 43–49 (2012)
Aim Despite recent reports linking vitamin D deficiency with increased risk of diabetes mellitus and complications, there is limited data on patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. We aimed to evaluate the incidence and associations of vitamin D deficiency in 210 patients with Type 2 diabetes with and without diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Methods Renal, liver, lipid profile and HbA1c were measured. Vitamin D status was determined by measuring 25-dihydroxyvitamin D. Presence or absence of coronary heart disease was determined and early-morning urine microalbumin:creatinine ratio was measured. All patients were assessed clinically using neuropathy symptom score, neuropathy disability score and nerve conduction study.
Results Eighty-seven patients had diabetic peripheral neuropathy and these patients had significantly longer duration of diabetes and higher HbA1c. Age, gender, incidence of retinopathy and coronary heart disease were not significantly different from those without neuropathy. Mean (SD) vitamin D was significantly lower in those with neuropathy [36.9 (39.9) nmol/l] compared with those without [58.32 (58.9) nmol/l] and 81.5% of patients with neuropathy had vitamin D deficiency compared with 60.4% of those without. Vitamin D showed significant (P < 0.05) correlations with total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and urine microalbumin:creatinine ratio. Binary logistic regression analysis showed that diabetic peripheral neuropathy was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency (odds ratio = 3.47; 95% CI = 1.04–11.56, P = 0.043) after inclusion of potential confounders such as duration of diabetes, HbA1c and LDL-cholesterol.
Conclusion Vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and further studies are required to confirm if Vitamin D supplementation could prevent or delay the onset.