Diabetes risk for bone and joint problems
Bone and joint problems associated with diabetes
By Mayo Clinic Staff
If you have diabetes, you're at increased risk of various bone and joint disorders. Certain factors, such as nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), arterial disease and obesity, may contribute to these problems — but often the cause isn't clear.
Learn more about various bone and joint disorders, including symptoms and treatment options from this article from the Mayo Clinic staff.
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Thank you for this very interesting post. I was not aware of the bone/joint problems being part of the diabetic experience.
I have neck stenosis and some back stenosis and arthritic knees. Mother who has gestational diabetes developed all these problems. I feel hopeless. I am terrified of going into hospital for knee replacement. I am considered to be pre-diabetic but the distincion if meaningless becauseI am insulin resistant and cannot eat carbs or sugar. I suffer from depression and anxiety.
I have had Type 1 diabetes since 1956. Don't be afraid of knee replacement, I have had both of my knees replaced. Find a good Doctor, research this because it makes all the difference. And the severe pain you feel now in your knees is definitely worth the little bit of pain you might experience because of the surgery. Do the rehab your Dr. prescribes and you'll love the "New You".
@lewin I have not experienced any stenosis or arthritis problems yet but I’m aware of a connection between diabetes and bone issues. I can look for information about that if it would be helpful. I’m concerned that you are insulin resistant and cannot eat carbs or sugar. What tests have you had to confirm this? What treatment plan are you following to deal with these things? Physical challenges like these certainly can contribute to depression and anxiety. No wonder you feel hopeless. Do you have any resources to help you manage?
I am on low carb diet. I think it is doctor who can't accept fact that I am diabetic because my AIC is "prediabetic range". I am on duoxiltine which is dehydrating and don't like to take. Thanks for your response. I have been on anti-depressants and they don't do much. Diabetes and depression are linked. We need more research done on diabetes and autoimmune diseases. Can't wait for Big Pharma to do it.
@lewin, I love the experience and encouragement shared by @cehunt57 and @linda1970.
For some people with prediabetes, a low-carb diet can quickly bring elevated A1C levels back to a healthier range. See this study published in JAMA https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2797714
Do you also live with an autoimmune condition as well as diabetes? Or are you referring to latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA)? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/expert-answers/lada-diabetes/faq-20057880
I have Type1 diabetes since I was 4 yrs. old.(1956). I have many autoimmune conditions besides diabetes, but I'm sure most are the result of long-term diabetes. I have always watched my diet closely, but do not follow a no-carb
diet. I need to live this life fully and such restrictions is just "not living"!
Thanks for caring.