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Diabetes patients break a bone up to four times more often


People with diabetes are up to four times more likely to break a bone – and the risk for type 2 patients increases over time

  • The researchers reviewed patients with hip or limb fractures
  • They found that type 1 diabetics were most likely to have a broken bone
  • Type 2 patients are still a third more likely to have a fracture than non-diabetics
  • In type 2 cases, the risk increases with both insulin consumption and the duration of diabetes

According to a review study, people with diabetes break a bone in the hip or one of their limbs up to four times more often.

Experts from found that type 1 diabetics are most likely to suffer from a fracture – but type 2 patients are still a third more likely to break something than non-diabetics.

In addition, the researchers concluded that the risk for people with type 2 diabetes increases with both insulin use and the duration of their condition.

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"Diabetes can cause a number of known complications, including kidney problems, vision loss, foot problems, and nerve damage," said University of Sheffield paper author and osteologist Tatiane Vilaca.

"So far, however, many people with diabetes and their doctors don't know they are at higher risk of broken bones."

“We need to raise awareness of the higher risk for people with diabetes to prevent fractures. For example, preventing falls can reduce the risk of breakage. & # 39;

“Fractures can be very serious, especially in the elderly. Hip fractures are the most serious because they cause such a high degree of disability, ”continued Dr. Vilaca continued.

"In the UK, around 76,000 people suffer a hip fracture each year and it is believed that up to 20 percent of people will die within a year of the fracture."

"Many others do not fully regain their mobility and for many people this can lead to a loss of independence."

It is estimated that around one in 15 people in the UK have diabetes – a serious condition where blood sugar levels are too high.

There are two forms: type 1, in which the body cannot produce the hormone insulin, which promotes the absorption of glucose from the blood, and type 2, in which the body cannot produce enough insulin or in which insulin does not function properly .

"Patients with diabetes and the doctors who care for them should be aware of the increased risk of fractures," said paper author Steven Cummings of the University of California at San Francisco. "Patients are encouraged to ask their doctors what to do about this risk, and doctors should assess the risk and consider treatment to reduce the risk."

"Patients with diabetes and the doctors who care for them should be aware of the increased risk of fractures," said paper author Steven Cummings of the University of California at San Francisco.

"Patients are encouraged to ask their doctors what to do about this risk, and doctors should assess the risk and consider treatment to reduce the risk."

"We hope that raising awareness of the risk of people with diabetes will make face, bone density, and bone strength something that doctors routinely evaluate," added Richard Eastell, a paper author at the University of Sheffield.

The full results of the study were published in the journal Bone.

In the UK, around 90 percent of diabetic adults suffer from type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong illness in which a person's blood sugar level gets too high.

There are two main types of diabetes:

– – Type 1, where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.

– – Type 2where the body does not produce enough insulin or the body cells do not respond to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1.

In the UK, around 90% of all adults with type 2 diabetes.

Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes can be achieved through healthy eating, regular exercise and a healthy body weight.

The main symptoms of diabetes are: feeling very thirsty, urinating more often (especially at night), feeling very tired, losing weight and losing muscle.

Source: NHS

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