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Osteoporosis and Diabetes Linked

Odd bedfellows, eh? Not so much!

Osteoporosis and diabetes are associated with the advent of technology today. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic sees both of these diseases as OrthoIllinois Chiropractic cares for McHenry chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients. To see how they are related is interesting!
  • Osteoporosis - a troublesome health issue due to the greater danger of bone fracture and death in middle aged and older folks
  • Diabetes - a troubling health problem due to its increasing impact on its sufferers of all ages
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So how might diabetes bring about osteoporosis? Well, as any McHenry diabetic knows, diabetes influences many body organs from bone cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) to muscles to the eye’s retina to the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. Wow! Crucial for this discussion: diabetes lowers muscle strength through its multitude of effects that increases fall risk that may lead to bone fractures. (1) What a cycle! A related cycle: having had a wrist fracture puts post-menopausal women at higher risk for future fractures to. 15.5% of post-menopausal women who experienced a wrist fracture had another non-wrist related fracture - hip, vertebrae, upper extremity, and lower extremity - later in life. (2) So OrthoIllinois Chiropractic encourages diabetic patients to keep diabetes under control as best as possible is a positive move for McHenry diabetics.

But how are they related and how does technology play into the equation? “Abdominal adiposity!” In common language, it’s a bit too much fat around the middle. This condition sets some McHenry folks up for special health challenges like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes type 2. It may even be considered a cause of these diseases. Interestingly, when dual-energy xray absorptiometry (DEXA scans) are used to identify those at risk for osteoporosis, a side finding is telling. DEXA scans’ ability to measure tissue thickness reveals that a greater spine-hip thickness difference is significantly associated with a greater chance of diabetes. This association is stronger in women than men. (3) So McHenry ladies, let’s take a closer look at your DEXA scan at your next McHenry chiropractic appointment!

Contact OrthoIllinois Chiropractic today. Chiropractic care and overall healthcare management are normal bedfellows! McHenry chiropractic patients benefit hugely!


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