Diabetes and Bone

A recent study brings attention to the need to keep in mind the impact of diabetes on bone health.  LINK  to report in Science Daily .com August 21, 2015, from the University of Delaware

“Clinical trials have revealed a startling elevation in fracture risk in diabetic patients,” says Liyun Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware. “Bone fractures can be life threatening — nearly one in six hip fracture patients dies within a year of injury.”

Because physical exercise is proven to improve bone properties and reduce fracture risk in non-diabetic people, Wang and her research group decided to test its efficacy in Type 1 diabetes.

“Our work demonstrates that diabetic bone can respond to exercise when the hyperglycemia is not severe, which suggests that mechanical interventions may be useful to improve bone health and reduce fracture risk in mildly affected diabetic patients,” Wang says.

“Coming at it from the other side, our results stress the importance of maintaining good control of blood sugar in diabetic patients so that exercise can do its work in maintaining bone health.”  

Note: this study was done in mice. The authors are now working on seeing if this applies in humans.

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