Bone Deterioration Another Complication to Diabetes

The resounding message: Conventional measurements underestimated the risk of fracture among patients with type 2 diabetes and loss of bone material strength, or bone quality, is a clear, downstream consequence of the disease.

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The list of complications from type 2 diabetes is long: vascular and heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage, kidney disease, hearing problems, and Alzheimer’s disease. Physicians have long thought of osteoporosis as another outcome. Based on a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, that’s confirmed: You can definitely add skeletal problems to that list.

“This is the first demonstration—using direct measurement of bone strength in the body—of compromised bone material in patients with type 2 diabetes,” says Sundeep Khosla, MD, Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and senior study author. “Clearly, the skeleton needs to be recognized as another important target of diabetes complications.”

Previous studies in the field showed that patients with diabetes experienced fractures at levels of bone density above that of the regular population, hinting that something was different about the “quality” of their bone. The Mayo researchers validated that assumption in a…

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