An article in Health Advice by YOUDocs stated “Diabetes Increases Risk of Osteoporosis” was something that caught my eye tonight. If it wasn’t bad enough with all of the other side effects of diabetes now it is attacking our bones! Read on further for what they say.
“Nobody wants to get type 2 diabetes the way nobody wants to get rear-ended on the road: You can fix most or even all of the damage, but it sure isn’t fun. And anyone who has diabetes (including the 30 per cent who are genetically disposed to it) will tell you they have quite enough to deal with, thank you: blood sugar spikes, weight gain, heart disease, nerve damage, impotence, exhaustion, accelerated aging and more.
Now a new alert has been added to this long list: iffy bones. While clues of an osteoporosis link have been growing, diabetes as a bone threat is one even many bone experts didn’t see coming.
But now there’s virtually no question that diabetes (types 1 and 2) increases major fractures — yep, including risky hip fractures. Translation: If you have diabetes, you may already need bone-strengthening medications, but nobody knows it yet. What to do?
1. Be proactive. If you have either type 1 or 2 diabetes, ask your doc about the new FRAX-diabetes study and whether you need to take bone-building bisphosphonates.
2. If you have type 2, get in gear — because there’s one terrific thing about type 2: You can wipe out its symptoms and reverse it. Yes, that’s what we said. By losing pounds and inches, walking, doing strength training and in general livin’ la vida sana (healthy, not loca), you can hit the delete button on diabetes and its problems. Dramatic evidence: When obese people have bariatric surgery (like gastric bypass), diabetes goes away 90 per cent of the time. And fast”
YouDocs Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen are authors of YOU