February 23, 2019
Study Links Diabetes to Osteoporosis
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Study Links Diabetes to Osteoporosis

by Berkeley Wellness  

Women with diabetes are at increased risk for osteoporosis-related hip fractures, according to a large Canadian study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The risk was greatest in women who had dia­betes for at least 10 years.

Diabetes may increase fracture risk by weakening bone strength and quality, as well as by increasing the risk of falls because of obesity, impaired mobility, and poor vision (all associated with diabetes), according to the researchers. This suggests that the standard method of esti­mating fracture risk from bone mineral den­sity tests underestimates the risk in women with diabetes—and that doctors and patients should take this into consideration when interpreting the test results and deciding on possible treatment.

Also see The Link Between Diabetes and Osteoarthritis.