The connections between diabetes and joint painAs diabetes advances, it can cause bodily changes that lead to joint pain and stiffness:
- nodules under the skin, particularly in the fingers
- tight, thickened skin; trigger finger
- numb feet
1. Neuropathic Arthropathy aka Numb Feet
- Neuropathy describes nerve damage, a common problem in diabetics with the farther points of the body such as the feet and hands.
- Arthoropathy describes problems with joints.
2. OsteoarthritisLearn more about osteoarthritis.
3. Rheumatoid ArthritisWhere osteoarthritis is caused by the natural wearing down of cartilage, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease where swelling causes pain. The exact causes of rheumatoid arthritis are unknown but it is linked to autoimmune diseases. Type 1 diabetes is also an autoimmune disease and people at risk for one autoimmune disease are often at risk for others. Learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.
Diabetes & your jointsIn some cases, diabetics are more at risk for the joint issues noted above. In other cases, the joint issues themselves put one at higher risk of diabetes because of their side effects - most notably excess weight gain and sedentary lives.
There are no cures for the conditions noted above, but as with many issues, your health can be improved if you tackle them early. If you have diabetes and are experiencing joint pain or if you have chronic joint pain and are at risk for diabetes, talk to your doctor about the relationship between the two and steps you can take to better health.
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Diabetes and Your DietJoin certified Diabetic Educator Karen Shidler for an informative presentation on how your diet can impact your diabetes. The choices you make about what you eat can help you live a better life while managing your condition. You don't have to make changes alone... let us help!
- Friday, August 28, 2015
- Conference Room AB
- 10 – 11 a.m.