Knee problems, such as arthritis, are common conditions often associated with seniors. However, age is not the only risk factor that exposes adults to debilitating knee conditions— chronic long-term diseases like diabetes can also play a major role.
Diabetes is a common chronic disorder that affects about 10% of the American population. It is a lifestyle disease characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin (a hormone that metabolizes blood sugar) or effectively utilize it.
Without insulin, the body is left with too much sugar in the bloodstream, causing plenty of negative systemic changes, such as:
These symptoms can become more severe over time and—without proper intervention—can lead to full-blown knee injuries such as osteoarthritis, diabetic arthropathy, or fracture injury. A knee replacement surgery may be recommended for knee conditions and injuries that are negatively affecting one’s quality of life. But is it safe to undergo such an operation if you have diabetes? Keep reading to learn more.
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