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Diabetes and Your Joint Pain

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Diabetes and Your Joint Pain

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to educate, advocate, and learn better management strategies. If you or a loved one lives with diabetes, learn why a condition characterized by blood sugar problems can affect your joints.

Diabetes: What Is It?

Studies show that diabetes is a chronic disease that is actually the 7th most common cause of death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 100 million people have either diabetes or prediabetes in the U.S. About 30 million have doctor-diagnosed diabetes, but 1 in 4 people don’t know they currently have it yet. Diabetes is a term for the irreversible disease that means the body is insulin resistant. Prediabetes is a reversible stage with the right prevention and treatment. 

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can develop over a period of many years, or it can develop quickly. When you eat, your body breaks down the components of your food to provide your body energy. Sugars and carbohydrates (which are complex sugars) are used by the body for energy. Those sugars are absorbed from your food into your bloodstream. From there, hormone-regulated insulin then helps bring the sugars from your blood to your cells. 

However, if a person has diabetes, the body has become resistant to insulin. That means sugars aren’t taken out of the bloodstream to be used for energy. The blood becomes very saturated with sugars, resulting in fatigue, dizziness, nerve damage, and death among other symptoms. Once a person becomes insulin resistant, the condition can’t be reversed. It can only be controlled by correct medicine and health changes.

Diabetes and Your Body

Remember how we mentioned diabetes can be deadly? It can be deadly with just one time not controlling your blood sugar, as there is no way to move sugar from the blood without the right medicine. Even if you never get to a chronic level of diabetes complications, there are many that do. 

Diabetes affects the blood vessels of the body, preventing proper circulation. The blood becomes saturated with sugar and it’s much harder to get nutrients to organs and tissues that need them to thrive. This is why diabetes can lead to neuropathy symptoms as nerve die from a lack of nutrients and circulation. Limbs can also start to get necrosis as circulation is cut off to areas of the body slowly over time. This is how patients lose toes, fingers and other limbs. Diabetes also increases pressure in the eyes, and blood vessels become damaged, leading to vision loss. Those with diabetes have at least double the risk for a heart attack or stroke. All of these reasons is why you want to work with a professional to stop prediabetes in its tracks or to prevent diabetes complications.

Diabetes and Joint Pain

Diabetes changes your musculoskeletal system–your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. These changes can trigger numerous conditions that may affect your fingers, hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, spine, or feet. Joint pain is a common symptom of diabetes.

Treatment Options for Your Diabetes and Joint Pain

Improving your diet with healthy fats and nutrients that your joints need to rebuild cartilage can have surprising effects. We can test you for food or environmental sensitivities in our Castle Rock clinic to see if something in your routine is making your aches and pains worse. Our treatments include:

  • Joint inflammation injections of cortisone for immediate relief
  • Gentle manipulation and massage to restore flexibility to a stiff wrist or knee
  • Chiropractic adjustment to release tension
  • Exercise programs that can lower irritation without further damaging the joint

Call for Consultation

If you are looking for more information about treating your diabetes and joint pain,  Colorado Regenerative Health  can provide you with the team approach you need to get to your desired goals safely and efficiently.  Conveniently Located Near Seton Hospital on 38th Street in Castle Rock, Colorado, our team of multidisciplinary providers are trained and skilled at providing Active Release Technique success. Call us at (303) 872-7161 today to make an appointment.

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