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London: Middle-aged with diabetes are at greater risk of developing arthritis and osteoporosis, in addition to increased risk to the heart, a study has found. Researchers from the Nordsjaellands University Hospital in Denmark have found that people with diabetes are 33 per cent more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis – a type of arthritis that occurs when flexible tissues at the ends of bones wear down.
They are also 70 per cent more likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis – a chronic inflammatory disorder – and 29 per cent more from osteoporosis – a bone loss condition – than their diabetes-free counterparts. Further, diabetics are 27 per cent more likely to suffer from back pain and 29 per cent more likely to have shoulder/ neck pain. “Health care professionals should make patients with diabetes aware that regular exercise is a recognised treatment for diabetes and arthritis, and can have positive effects on both blood sugar control as well as musculoskeletal pain,” said Stig Molsted from the varsity.