Arthritis and Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that alters someone’s life completely. It requires constant monitoring of dietary choices and blood sugar levels, frequent trips to the doctor, and leads to side effects that can damage other parts of the body.
Arthritis and diabetes have a lot in common. According to the Arthritis Foundation, almost half of all adults with diabetes (47%) also have arthritis. In addition, people with arthritis have a 61% higher risk of developing diabetes than those without arthritis. That may not be surprising, considering that the two conditions share a number of common risk factors. Both osteoarthritis (OA) and diabetes disproportionately affect people who are older, overweight, and inactive.
Losing weight through a combination of exercise and diet can improve OA pain and function, as well as improve blood sugar numbers. Excess weight contributes to insulin resistance and puts added strain on joints. Research has shown for every 1 pound of weight loss, there is 4 pounds of relief on your knees. Furthermore, losing just 5 to 10 percent of body weight can significantly reduce blood sugar. Individuals affected by excess weight can visit the OA Action Alliance website for a variety of resources on weight management and physical activity.
When I work, a lot of times I have to lose weight, and I do that, but in my regular life I was not eating right, and I was not getting enough exercise. But by the nature of my diet and that lifestyle – boom! The end result was high blood sugars that reach the levels where it becomes Type 2 diabetes. I share that with a gajillion other people.