Diabetes and Joint Discomfort

Woman suffering from pain in knee joint.

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When you think about diabetes, do you think about joint discomfort?  Probably not, but they are related and it’s important to know what you can do to decrease joint discomfort while you are still controlling your blood sugar.  A joint is a location in your body where several bones come together.  If a joint wears down, it will not recover, but there are ways to treat the discomfort.

When you were diagnosed with diabetes, your healthcare provider probably suggested that you to add or increase your physical activity, which is not that easy to do.  Exercise is a major lifestyle change, and you’ll have to make adjustments to add physical activity into your daily routine.  If you have joint discomfort, the additional stress on your already hurting body might seem overwhelming.

So, how can you handle joint discomfort while you’re controlling your blood sugar?

  1. As soon as you notice any signs of joint discomfort, talk to you healthcare provider about your physical activity limitations. Speak up for yourself.  Let them know you will do all you can do to prevent any further damage to your joints.
  2. Get moving for 30-45 minutes each day. Choose an exercise that is easy on your joints but keeps them healthy:  walking, swimming, biking or rowing.  Additionally, it is important to work on range of motion.  Be sure to add stretching into your routine at least 2-3 days a week.  Lastly, do some strength training.  Use low weights with multiple reps to keep your muscles strong and those joints healthy.
  3. When looking for supplements make sure they are backed with third party public health and safety organizations. Cosamin is a well-researched glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement for joint health available at Costco:

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Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN is a Master’s level dietitian. She has her BS and MS in Human Nutrition from West Virginia University. Joanne is currently in her thirteenth year as a Registered Dietitian and eleventh year as a certified diabetes educator. She has worked in Public Health with the North Carolina Diabetes Prevention and Control Program from May 2007 until July 2013. During those six years, she worked on the implementation and facilitation of the North Carolina Diabetes Education Recognition Program.

Joanne recently was named AADE 2013 Diabetes Educator of the Year and has used that opportunity to spread the word about the relationship between diabetes, hearing loss and depression.

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