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Osteoporosis and Diabetes Linked

Odd bedfellows, eh? Not so much!

Osteoporosis and diabetes are linked with the beginning of technology today. Soft Health and Healing Clinic recognizes both of these diseases as Soft Health and Healing Clinic cares for Brooks chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients. To see how they are connected is compelling!
  • Osteoporosis - a worrisome health issue because of higher risk of bone fracture and death in middle aged and the elderly
  • Diabetes - a troubling health issue due to its cumulative effect on its victims of all ages
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What are the different ways that diabetes can lead to osteoporosis? Well, as any Brooks diabetic understands, diabetes affects a lot body organs from bone cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) to muscles to the eye’s retina to the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. Geez! Central for this conversation: diabetes decreases muscle strength through its myriad 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 Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages diabetic patients to keep diabetes under control as best as possible is a positive move for Brooks 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 Brooks 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 Brooks ladies, let’s take a closer look at your DEXA scan at your next Brooks chiropractic appointment!

Contact Soft Health and Healing Clinic today. Chiropractic care and overall healthcare management are common bedfellows! Brooks chiropractic patients benefit hugely!


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