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Diabetic Bone Problems

Posted on March 12, 2014 | No Comments on Diabetic Bone Problems

Diabetes is a deadly disease that can affect bone in different ways especially if the diabetes remains unmanaged because of the following complications obesity, high sugar levels, nerve damage, higher concentrations of glycation, reduced absorption of calcium and vitamin D among others. This can lead to different bone problems which would often increase a patient’s risk of fractures. Following are some of most common diabetic bone problems.

Charcot’s joint pertains to deformities of bone especially in the feet due to nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy that can cause the foot to collapse. This is often indicated by numbness and tingling sensation and open sores and swollen joints.

Diabetic hand syndrome is a condition in which the skin on the hands becomes waxy and thickened or feels tightened which obstruct patient from fully extending his fingers or press their palms.

Osteoporosis is a bone disorder in which bones become weak and brittle because of lack of calcium. Diabetic patients are at risk of this bone problem because of their bodies’ inability to absorb calcium. This is indicated with Back pains, and loss of height.

Osteoarthritis is a bone disorder marked by the breakdown of joint cartilage which results to pains in the joints in the body from fingers, hips to feet.

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a bone disorder indicated by bony overgrowth (hyperostosis) where tendons and ligaments attach to bone. This is possibly due to regular insulin injections. This often results to stiff backs and necks, loss of weight.

Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity in which one or more fingers are bent or contracted toward the palm making it look like a claw caused by metabolic changes due to diabetes.

Frozen shoulder is a bone problem marked by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joints.

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