Diabetes and postural perturbations

Having Diabetes

Interesting study in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. They found that balance is impaired in those with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, as well as those with diabetes but no PN compared to controls. Possible reasons they cite include diabetic effects on the vestibular system or on the cognition. I would be interested to see why they excluded 14 individuals after taking them into the study (why not intent to treat? Could the inclusion/ exclusion criteria be set better to eliminate the issue while still addressing the research question?). You can check out the study here as it is Open Access:

Fulk GD, Robinson CJ, Mondal S, Storey CM, Hollister AM. The effects of diabetes and/or peripheral neuropathy in detecting small postural perturbations in mature adults. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2010, 7:44 (13 September 2010)

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