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Myopathy:  Myopathy refers to any disease that affects muscle tissue. Myopathy can be the result of either inherited or acquired causes. Diseases of the muscle result in weakness, inflammation, spasms or paralysis. Acquired myopathies such as acute stiffness, spasm, or cramp are common. Others are linked to exposure to an infectious agent such as viruses or bacteria.

Individuals with familial traits for inherited myopathy have a higher risk than those without a genetic predisposition. Myopathy develops as the result of either inherited (congenital or genetic) disorders or acquired conditions of the muscles. Most commonly, people develop acquired myopathy from muscle fatigue, electrolyte imbalance or dehydration resulting in stiffness or cramping. Other causes of myopathy include immune disorders that cause inflammation and pain.

Numerous inherited myopathies exist and may be associated with progressive weakness, atrophy (wasting), inflammation, muscle fibre metabolism dysfunction, muscle spasm or rigidity. In rare cases, myopathy may be a sign of a serious neuromuscular disorder.

Seek immediate professional medical attention for serious symptoms, including difficulty lifting the front part of your foot and toes, weakness in your legs, feet or ankles, hand weakness or clumsiness, slurring of speech, trouble swallowing or muscle cramps and twitching in your arms, shoulders and tongue.

Glucose Control - Myopathy:  Severe myopathies may require intravenous insulin treatment; while a diet helps you maintain strict blood sugar levels and prevents additional loss of muscle control. Avoid foods high in saturated fats and keep calorie consumption low to prevent weight gain. Eat heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are found in olive oil and fish. Consume healthy carbohydrates found in fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

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