Arthritis and diabetes have a lot in common. Almost half of all adults with diabetes also have arthritis.
People with arthritis have a 61% higher risk of developing diabetes than those without this joint disease.
What's the link between OA and diabetes? Genetics and shared risk factors like obesity and inactivity are also involved.
" Studies have linked OA to metabolic disturbances, which suggests that diabetes may affect the arthritis disease process directly. High blood sugar contributes to the development of reactive oxygen species (ROS)—molecules that encourage the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (substances that are secreted by certain immune cells). It also triggers the production of compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which build up in and damage joints."
Take good care of yourself w/ these cornerstones to diabetes and arthritis management are weight control, diet, and exercise.