Bone and Joint Problems Associated with Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you already know there is a long list of problems the disease puts you at increased risk for. Tragically, osteoporosis has been added to that list for those with type 2, along with various other bone and joint disorders which can affect those with either type of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is linked to low bone density, although researchers don’t know exactly why. Recent research also suggests that women with type 1 diabetes may have an increased fracture risk, since vision problems and nerve damage associated with the disease have been linked to an increased risk of falls and related fractures.

And type 2 has its problems as well. Although bone density increases with weight gain, leading people to believe that those who are overweight and have type 2 diabetes are not prone to osteoporosis, this is not true. There is actually an increased number of fractures among people with type 2 diabetes. See the video below to learn more about the research that has been done on this issue.

Osteoporosis rarely causes symptoms in the early stages. Eventually, when the disease is more advanced, you may experience loss of height, stooped posture, or bone fractures.

Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, and eating a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D are the best things for people with diabetes to do to help stave of osteoporosis.

A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is also important for healthy bones. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, and calcium-fortified foods and beverages. Many low-fat and low-sugar sources of calcium are available.

Click here to learn the signs of vitamin D deficiency and how to combat it.

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