Diabetes Joint Pain || Must Read
Apart from the list of the complications of diabetes which is well prompted by the diabetic world, there are other problems which are caused by high blood sugar.
One of the problems which I would like to mention here is diabetes Joint Pain.
Now, this may come as a surprise to you, as it’s it difficult to imagine that diabetes can cause bone related issues.
The damaging of joints due to diabetes is called Arthropathy.
To understand the damage, let me explain it to you in a simplifies manner.
A Joint is a place where to bones meet.
These two bones are joined by tissue called ligaments.
There is one more tissue named tendons which attach bone to the muscle for the movement.
Also, between two bones there is a gel-like structure named cartilage which ensures that the bone doesn’t rub against each other during movement and causes diabetes joint pain.
Now due to high blood sugar, the extra glucose sticks with the joint and interferes the movement of the joint, causing it damage in the long run.
So, its important for diabetics to keep their blood sugar under normal range so that they won’t face this issue in the long run.
In the below section, I would be listing various joints related problems caused due to high blood sugar.
1. Charcot Joint
This problem mainly occurs in the feet and ankles of the diabetic patient.
High blood sugar affects the nerves of your body (mainly hands and feet), which results in numbness and pricking sensation throughout the affected areas.
People with numb body part are susceptible to twist and injure ligaments of the joints, causing severe damage to the affected areas.
If a nondiabetic person faces any injury in his leg, it will pain him a lot.
But for a diabetic person, who also tends to have numbness in the feet, he will not be aware of any injury in his leg. So, being ignorant about the problem, he will not seek any medical help for his leg, making the condition only worsened.
So, if you are struggling with diabetic neuropathy, check for the following symptoms
c. Changes in the appearance of hand/feet
d. Hotness in the area
If you observe following symptoms, please seek medical help before the condition of the foot gets worse.
2. Shoulder Pain
Diabetics are also prone to get affected by shoulder pain.
Here the shoulder joins are affected du to inflammation and thickening of the tissues.
Usually, doctors consult painkiller for this issue.
This is not diabetes problem perse but is caused by the excess weight.
Many Type 2 diabetics are overweight and there are high chances that many of them can get in trouble due to this problem.
Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage (which act as cushion between the bones) wears down, which results in rubbing of bones against each other.
This bone rubbing causes tremendous pain and make it difficult for the person to walk.
If you are overweight, it is suggested to take required steps in order to bring your weight in normal level. There are various things you can do:
This is the most obvious measure to control your weight gain.
The word “exercise” doesn’t mean that you have to attend boring gym sessions or yoga classes if you have a knack for these type of activities than it is good.
But there are people who hate to go to the gym, for them there are a variety of choices like swimming, taking dance classes, playing any sport etc.
This will not only add a certain skill but will also help to make your body healthy
B. Low Carbohydrate Diet
Taking high carbohydrate means that the extra calorie will get deposited in the body in the form of fat. So. if you live a sedentary lifestyle, it’s important to limit your carb intake.
The best thing will be to limit your carbohydrate intake to 6-12-12 grams (breakfast-lunch-dinner), you can replace the missing carbohydrates with the food containing good fats.
This strategy is best for obese to reduce their extra weight.
Now as you have understood that diabetes is also responsible for causing joint pain, i hope you will take some extra efforts to control your blood sugar within normal range.
Diabetes is a silent disease, it damages the organ silently and then suddenly comes up with the problem which requires great resource of money and time