Diabetes and Your Bone Health

Posted on November 14th, 2019 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

The Connection Between Diabetes and Bone Health

Whether you are living with diabetes or have a loved one afflicted with the disease, many of us know the common side effects: heart disease, stroke, and possibly neuropathy. However, not many people recognize the effect diabetes can have on your bones. Here’s what you should know.

Individuals with Type 2 diabetes usually have a higher bone density due to increased body weight, and therefore may not be diagnosed with osteoporosis. As a result,  many patients with Type 2 diabetes are not placed on preventative treatment plans to reduce their risks of fractures in the future. Though many do not take these precautions, the chance of fractures for those with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are 1-2 times greater than the average person.

Why Does Diabetes Lead to Weaker Bones?

While studies are still being conducted, recent information may suggest that excess sugar in the bloodstream of patients with diabetes can attach itself to the collagen of our bones. Collagen is responsible for protecting our bones and making them tougher, resulting in lower chances of experiencing a break when we fall or are involved in an accident. As additional sugar attaches to our bones, it eats away at the collagen, causing bones to become more brittle and less flexible. Patients with Type 2 diabetes already have 10% less bone strength than those without the condition. 

Treating Chronic Pain

If you have diabetes, making an appointment with your local orthopedist is the best way to ensure you are taking the right measures when it comes to your bone health.  At Orthopaedic Speciality Group, our physicians’ wide range of expertise provides complete care in all areas of treatment including advanced surgical and nonsurgical techniques, pain management and rehabilitation. To make an appointment with one of our specialists, contact us at (203) 337-2600).